A Glynn County woman apparently kept her cool in the face of an armed invader Monday morning, after which satellites overhead and police dogs on the ground tracked the alleged gunman to a home a few miles away in the Touchstone community, according to a police report.
Glynn County Police arrested Lewis Eugene Powers, 32, and charged him with home invasion, burglary, felony theft, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault, according to jail records. Powers remained Tuesday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged also with violating parole.
Powers allegedly walked into the unlocked front door of the woman’s home in a neighborhood near Cate Road at about 11:25 a.m. Monday, police said. He allegedly stormed into the woman’s bedroom and leveled a gun at her, the county police report said. Her teenage son also was home, the report said. The report alleges Powers threatened her with a black revolver while repeatedly demanding her car keys.
The woman showed him where to find the keys, after which Powers allegedly snatched her cellphone as well, before leaving the house and getting into her 2012 Kia Soul, the report said. However, the car “has a sensor and is hard to start,” the report said. So, to get Powers out of there, the woman stepped outside and offered to “show him how to start the car if he agreed to put down the firearm,” the report said. The report said Powers complied with her request to lower the gun.
She “started the vehicle and returned to her residence,” the report said. The woman told police she heard a gunshot about the time he drove away in her car. The woman’s son called 911, the police report indicates.
The woman was able to give police a detailed description of the suspect, including his goatee and short brown hair, as well as his approximate age, height, weight and clothing, according to the police report. She also told police that her white Kia had pink flowers hanging from the rear-view mirror and a lawnmower in back.
The woman then logged into her Google account and used its GPS satellite to track the location of her phone, which Powers had with him, the report said.
“The cellphone showed a location on Abbot Avenue around the second trailer on the left, just before Juliette Circle on Touchstone (Avenue),” the report said. With that information, responding police Lt. Pete Cove found the stolen car, which had been abandoned nearby at Lauren Lane and Touchstone Drive.
From there, county K9 officer Henry Scott and his partner, Canto, “tracked the suspect straight to the front porch of 113 Abbott Avenue,” the report said. The woman assisted police again, using her phone’s Google tracking feature to call her number, confirming Powers’ location inside.
Police arrested Powers shortly afterward.