Roman Forest Police officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Roman Forest Boulevard late Tuesday morning. The fleeing suspects were caught and arrested for Burglary of a Habitation, a second degree Felony and for Evading Arrest. Suspects Justen Clough, 23, and Rogelio Sanchez, 18, of Porter allegedly kicked in the back door of a residence on Roman Forest Blvd. to steal items of value without the owners consent. The resident unexpectedly returned home and walked in on the burglars as they were taking an HD television off the wall. The resident dialed 911 as suspects fled out of the house. Another resident attempted to block the get-away-driver but the suspect got away after nearly ramming the resident.
Chief Stephen Carlisle and Officer Jason Snipes pursued the suspects as they fled a few blocks away. After a foot chase through several residence’s yards, Officer Snipes held the suspects at gun point until Chief Carlisle restrained them. A third suspect has been identified as the get-a-way driver.
SUSPECT#1 – Clough, Justen Ronald, W/M 04/22/1990, was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation and Evading Arrest.
SUSPECT#2 – Sanchez, Rogelio, H/M 01/06/1995, was arrested for Burglary of a Habitation and Evading Arrest.
For the resident, this is a worst nightmare come true. Walking in on a burglary in progress is a very dangerous situation for both the burglar and victim. Several things go through their mind like, “do I pull my phone or gun” or similar thoughts for the burglar “fight or flight”. Regardless, this is not a situation to be in.
Chief Stephen Carlisle warns all crooks to stay out of Roman Forest because they will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. With response times of less than 2 minutes and vigilant preventive patrol, the criminals will be caught.
With the summer fast approaching, the Roman Forest Police Department is urging everyone to please remain vigilant. Your attention to not only your property, but that of your neighbors has a significant impact on our ability to quickly respond, locate and apprehend criminals. Any suspicious person or vehicle should be reported or should you observe or feel a crime is in progress or about to occur, please call 9-1-1 immediately.