Arrest made in Durant; suspect admits to burglary, threat, destruction

DURANT – On Sunday, police in Durant arrested a man being sought for burglary in a local residence two nights prior, according to a report to the Durant Police Department.

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At about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, officers were dispatched to Pine Street in Durant in reference to a robbery. The victim, Colby Gilroy, told police he woke up to what he thought was his roommate in his bedroom going through his closet. When he realized it was not the roommate, he said he noticed the suspect, Eleasah Horton, had a gun pointed at him and had his pocket full of items.

The victim said Horton told him he was there to kill him and at one point fired the gun into a wall. Afterward, Horton left the residence.

Gilroy and his roommate later realized their vehicles had been burglarized and that the gun had come from one of their vehicles. He was also able to give a detailed description of the suspect.

With that information, the police were led to Horton, who matched the description and who was arrested on Sunday for an unrelated outstanding warrant.

Upon an interview, Horton admitted to burglarizing the vehicles and taking the gun. He also admitting to entering the residence, pointing the gun at Gilroy, and shooting a hole through the wall. Horton was booked into the Bryan County Jail.

The firearm was later located at a residence at which Horton was known to stay.

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