MT. VERNON – A Mt. Vernon man was taken into custody Monday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department on charges of armed violence, residential burglary, violation of an order of protection and resisting arrest.
Police responded to a home in the 1500 block of South 12th for a report of a burglary in progress just before 8 p.m. A resident on the phone, who was not at the home, reported surveillance camera(s) had been activated and a person was observed.
Officers located forced entry upon their arrival. The first arriving officer could hear property inside the home being damaged. As a perimeter was being established, the offender – 38-year-old Brian L. Griffin – exited the home. Officers gave Griffin commands to surrender but he fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Griffin was taken into custody.
A check of the home revealed several thousand dollars of damage inside.
Griffin has been formally charged and remains lodged in the Jefferson County Justice Center with a bond of $400,000.