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December 4, 2013

Juvenile reportedly threatens to burn down mother’s house

TIFTON — A juvenile was arrested Tuesday after threatening to burn down his mother’s house on South Park Avenue.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Brian Shockley reported he spoke to a woman who lives in the 700 block of South Park Avenue. She informed him her son was burning papers in the ashtray inside of the residence. She told him to stop and he became angry.

The mother reported her son continued to burn the paper inside of the house. She took the ashtray outside and put the fire out. While she was doing so, the juvenile started a fire on the living room floor with newspaper. The mother said she quickly put the fire out and then the juvenile started threatening to burn the couch. During his threats, he told his mother he was going to “burn this (bleep) down” and “I hope all you (bleep) burn.”

The mother reported her son then walked outside to the front porch with a can of used grease and poured it on the porch railing. He lit the grease, but she was able to put the fire out without it causing damage.

Shockley reported when he asked the offender what happened, he told him, “I was trying to burn this (bleep) down and all the (bleep) inside."

The juvenile was arrested for terroristic threats and acts and taken to the TPD, where someone from the Department of Juvenile Justice was notified. Police were told the juvenile would be detained at the Crisp County Regional Youth Detention Center, but he would first have to go to Tift Regional Medical Center for a mental evaluation because of his homicidal thoughts.

In another matter, a woman who lives in the 100 block of Parkway Drive reported Tuesday that she was in her living room and heard several gunshots outside. She said she thought one of the rounds hit her residence. When she looked out of her window, she saw three Hispanic males across the street.

Officer Tom King reported he checked the woman’s residence but couldn’t find any bullet holes. He said while speaking with the woman, other officers made contact with the Hispanic males across the street. An officer found a firearm and a box of ammunition in some nearby bushes. The report states that all of the subjects denied discharging a firearm or even possessing one.

A witness told officers he saw one of the subjects drive into the trailer park on Elton Way and shoot out of the vehicle’s window. The offender, Juan Jose Becerra, 50, of Tifton, was arrested. Five rounds of unspent ammunition and two rounds of spent ammunition were found in his left front pocket. He was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man reported Tuesday that a black male he knows drove by the store on South Ridge Avenue and pointed a gun at him. He said the subject told him that he owed him some money and threatened to shoot him. He walked away from the offender and called 911.

• A man who lives in the 100 block of Jacob Hall Road reported Tuesday that after letting three men inside of his residence, they struck him, causing a cut under his eye.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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