In the safety of her bedroom, she told the dispatcher on the other end of the 911 call a man was in her home that she did not know.
“She’s locked in her bedroom and says she does not know the man,” the dispatcher radioed to Tyler police responding to The Village Apartments on Old Omen Road Tuesday morning.
Officer Doyle Lynch said officers quickly set up a perimeter and began negotiations. The woman said she believed the man might be the one police were seeking in connection with an earlier armed robbery.
“Make sure all officers have body armor on, because he is armed,” an officer called over the radio.
The woman’s beliefs proved correct, and after a short standoff with SWAT and negotiators, 19-year-old Jaylon Rutherford, of Texarkana, was taken into custody without incident.
Rutherford is charged with the armed robbery of a gas station in the 4200 block of University Boulevard about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
At the scene of the robbery, officers learned that a man carrying a handgun had demanded money from the clerk inside the store.
The man, later identified as Rutherford, left the scene, possibly driving a white Mercury Marquis. No one was hurt during the robbery.
Lynch said the woman awoke to find a man in her apartment. She told officers she had seen media reports on the robbery and believed the man was the one they sought.
The apartment complex is just a few blocks from the scene of the robbery.
Rutherford was taken into custody on charges including, aggravated robbery, possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of marijuana.
He is held in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $240,500.