Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress Tuesday, taking two suspects into custody.

The call came in from the 1400 block of Old Telico Road, with dispatchers advised the owner was home and holding a suspect at gunpoint.

“Upon arrival, that suspect, JC Steven Verellen of Ennis, was taken into custody,” sheriff’s Capt. Danny Williams said. “The homeowner said that he and his wife had left the residence for about 20 minutes and, when they returned, they found a vehicle and (Verellen) sitting inside the vehicle in the driveway.”

Williams said the homeowners wrote the vehicle’s license plate down and made contact with Verellen, who told them he was looking for someone.

“The homeowner then allowed Mr. Verellen to leave,” Williams said, noting the homeowner entered the residence and started looking around, finding a second suspect in the residence.

Williams said the second suspect, who he identified as Joshua Troy Amison of Ennis, fled the residence, with the homeowner chasing him out into a field.

“In fear of his wife’s safety, the homeowner stopped chasing Mr. Amison and returned back to the residence,” Williams said. “When the homeowner returned, he picked up his weapon, while his wife called the Ellis County Sheriff's Office on 911.

“The homeowner noticed that Mr. Verellen was returning back to the residence, at which time, in fear of his and his wife’s safety, he pointed his weapon at Mr. Verellen and held him until deputies arrived,” Williams said.

Deputies and investigators searched the area for Amison, locating him and taking him into custody, Williams said.

Verellen, 18, and Amison, 18, were each charged with burglary of a habitation, with bonds set at $10,000 and $25,000, respectively, by Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr.

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