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Intruder Crawls Into Former Family Home and Gets a Beatdown

The Sandy Springs homeowners said they were asleep when they heard a loud crash. In the house was their five-year-old daughter, who was spending her first night in her own bed, and a son also sleeping in his own bedroom.

Jay Curnin. Courtes Fulton County Sheriff's Dept/
Jay Curnin. Courtes Fulton County Sheriff's Dept/

A Sandy Springs dad greeted an intruder coming through an upstairs home office window, in the middle of the night, with a punch in the face.

According to a Sandy Springs Police report, an officer responded to a burglary call just after 2:30 a.m., Jan. 5, on Green Oak Court near Burdette Road. The homeowners said they were asleep when they heard a loud crash. In the house was their five-year-old daughter, who was spending her first night in her own bed, and a son also sleeping in his own bedroom.  

The alarm indicated an upstairs bedroom [home office] window was opened. The police report said the father entered the room to find a man coming through the window. He yelled and threatened the intruder, the report said, and then punched him square in the face. At the point the intruder was fully inside the home.

The young daughter had awakened and found the two wrestling. The intruder fled out the window when he saw the five-year-old, the report said. 

Officer W. Johnson received a description of the suspect on the way to the home, and spotted him on Burdette Road.

Johnson wrote in his report: “I immediately gave the offender verbal commands to lay on the ground and place his hands behind his back. The subject was then taken into custody without incident…The offender had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his persons and he kept screaming that was his house.”

The suspect, Jay Todd Curnin, told the officer that the home was previously owned by his parents, and earlier that night he had been drinking at a Buckhead bar. He was charged with, Criminal Trespass, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness.  

An earlier version of the story said the suspect is 55, according to the police report. The suspect's age is actually unknown at this time. 

Cedar January 15, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Is that an old photo? The guy in the mugshot doesn't look 55!
Miles Rich January 15, 2014 at 08:53 AM
He must be 25.
David Davis January 15, 2014 at 08:49 PM
He clearly missed the class on Thomas Wolfe. You can't go home again especially after your house has been sold and another family lives there.
userbronco January 16, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Lucky he didn't get a Glock to the face
Marley Kramer January 21, 2014 at 09:29 AM
He'd have the imprint of my Louisville Slugger on his forehead.

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