Homeowner Holds Burglar At Gunpoint; Two Charged

LAKEWOOD — Two individuals were held on bail after they attempted to steal items from a vacant Lakewood rental property Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred around 10:55 a.m. when the homeowner of a Big Tree Road residence went to check on the property. Upon entering and examining the residence, the homeowner found 25-year-old Jody L. Crissman of Jamestown hiding in the basement behind a clothes dryer.

The homeowner, who was not identified by Lakewood-Busti Police, was reportedly armed with a handgun and held the city resident at gunpoint.

The homeowner instructed Crissman to go up to the garage area of the house and asked if anyone else was in the residence. Crissman said another individual, 24-year-old Kyle M. Samuelson, of Conewango Valley, was also hiding in the basement.

Using Crissman’s cellphone, the homeowner called Lakewood-Busti Police. During that time, Samuelson broke out of a basement window and made an attempt to flee the scene.

Officers arrived shortly after to place Crissman in custody. Police located Samuelson a short time later and took him into custody as well.

During the investigation, it was determined that both suspects were in the residence to steal items they had placed into a tote to carry out. Both were charged with second-degree burglary, attempted petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Samuelson was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Crissman and Samuelson were arraigned and committed to the County Jail on $75,000 cash and $150,000 property bail.

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