Two men charged with first degree burglary

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/22/16

Two men from Tuscaloosa County have been charged with first degree burglary following a home invasion that led to the death of an Oakman man Tuesday afternoon.

Eston Douglas Gant, 38, of Coaling, and Jakob Aaron Harris, 19, of Vance, are each …

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Two men charged with first degree burglary

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Two men from Tuscaloosa County have been charged with first degree burglary following a home invasion that led to the death of an Oakman man Tuesday afternoon.

Eston Douglas Gant, 38, of Coaling, and Jakob Aaron Harris, 19, of Vance, are each being held at the Walker County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

According to court records, Gant is also currently facing charges of theft of property in Shelby County from September 2014. That case was bound over to the grand jury in April.

Gant was also out on bond on two separate drug charges following an arrest in Tuscaloosa County in November 2015.

That case was forwarded to a grand jury in February.

Harris was arrested in February and again in June in Tuscaloosa County on various drug-related charges. Those cases have also been waived to a grand jury.

Gant and Harris were taken into custody Tuesday evening after the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Providence Loop Road in Oakman.

Underwood said Lyle Guthrie, 32, told deputies who arrived on the scene at 4 p.m. that two white males driving a white Ford Ranger had broken into his home.

Guthrie reportedly chased them after the suspects fled in their vehicle and was shot in the chest and face. He was able to notify a neighbor, who called 911.

Guthrie was airlifted to UAB Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Underwood said there is no indication that Guthrie was armed at the time of the chase.

One of the suspects was arrested near the vehicle, which had veered off the roadway during the chase.

Witnesses, including Guthrie, confirmed that there was another person in the truck, which led to the search of a nearby wooded area.

The sheriff department’s K9 unit as well as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s FLIR helicopter, which is equipped with thermal imaging cameras, took part in the search.

Underwood said the second suspect was found approximately 50 feet from the truck hiding in a thick growth of brush and vines.