When the 911 call came in at 1:38 a.m. on Saint Patrick’s Day of two men wearing ski masks in a resident’s back yard, Maumelle police officers on duty answered the call in force.
Patrolman Gregory Roussie said when he arrived on Willow Oak Loop early that morning on March 17, the 911 caller — a neighbor who lives on the street, told the dispatcher the men with ski masks were still in the area walking down Willow Oak Loop towards Oakridge Drive.
Roussie said he passed two vehicles parked at the corner of Willow Oak Loop and Oakridge Drive.
He said Cpl. Debra Bagley called in that she’d seen a man exit one of vehicles and begin running down Oakridge Drive. Roussie said he found Cody Austin House, 20, of Sherwood "slouched down behind the steering wheel attempting to not be seen," inside one of the vehicles.
Once out of the car and searched, Roussie said he put House in handcuffs and after obtaining permission, started searching House’s vehicle.
Roussie said he found marijuana and needles inside the vehicle and two Suboxone patches in his clothing.
After being read his rights House told Roussie that the man running from his car was an alleged accomplice he named and at Maumelle police headquarters House allegedly told police he and the other men had been involved in other illegal activities which police said involved the alleged breaking into vehicles on Willow Oak Loop.
House was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass.
Maumelle police chief Sam Williams said detectives are investigating House and his associates in conjunction with the alleged burglary of several automobiles but that none have been charged with those alleged crimes as yet. He said the investigation is ongoing and they expect to make several arrests.
Williams credited the homeowner with calling police as soon as he saw someone in his backyard and staying on the phone to assist police as they searched for the pair wearing ski masks.
He urged residents to be alert and never hesitate to call police if they see something similar occurring.
House was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility and booked in.