Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Public safety

Intruder shot after Tampa resident spies him on home surveillance phone app

TAMPA — A burglar was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday after the occupant of a home spotted him remotely on her mobile surveillance app and called her father to investigate, police said.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. at 1713 W North B St., said Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty. The resident, Jordan King, wasn't home at the time but received a text message from a mobile phone application alerting her of movement in the house, Hegarty said.

King, 25, was able to pull up a live surveillance video feed on her phone and spotted a man in her bedroom with socks on his hands rifling through her belongings.

King called 911 and her father, 54-year-old Jerry King. He lives about one block away and went to investigate.

When he arrived at his daughter's home moments later, he saw 23-year-old Michael Stewart leaving the house, police said. King told investigators Stewart had something in his hand that "put him in fear," according to a news release. He fired one shot, hitting Stewart in the upper torso.

Stewart, of Tampa, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and was listed in stable condition Tuesday, police said. He will face charges related to the burglary.

Jerry King was cooperating with investigators and has not been charged.

A man who answered the door of Jordan King's home Tuesday declined to comment. A woman who answered the door at a Tampa address listed for Jerry King said he wasn't home.

State records show Stewart was released from state prison in April after serving nearly six years for multiple counts of burglary and grand theft. On Aug. 11, Stewart was arrested by Tampa police and charged in another, unrelated burglary. He was released on $9,500 bail.

On July 26, Stewart was arrested for driving with his license canceled, suspended or revoked. He spent four days in jail and was released for time served.

Jerry King comes from a military family and is the 38th president of the Tampa Rough Riders. He has been a club member since 1999 and met his wife, Renee, at a Rough Rider event in Key West, according to the club website.

Jordan King is a graduate of Florida State University and a member of the Krewe of Ann Jeffrey, according to the Rough Riders website.

Police are currently investigating if Stewart had an accomplice in the burglary, Hegarty said. In the surveillance footage obtained by Jordan King, it appears that Stewart is talking or listening to a cellphone, he said.

The surveillance app Jordan King used to spot the intruder is one of a number on the market. They typically connect a mobile phone to an in-home camera. Some also provide audio.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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