A 38-year-old Ocala man was jailed recently after his frantic grandmother reported that someone was inside her residence yelling and breaking things.
Ocala Police officers scrambled to the residence on S.W. 31st Avenue after the woman reported that she was hiding in a locked bathroom inside her home. When they arrived, another woman was standing outside the residence and pointed them in the direction of 38-year-old Kevin Neely Ketchum, who was located on a nearby sidewalk. Ketchum was detained in handcuffs and positively identified as the person who was burglarizing the residence. He then made spontaneous statements about the residence being his house and “he could get mad and break his own property,” an Ocala Police report states.
An officer stayed with Ketchum while he was evaluated by EMS for a cut to his right hand while other officers investigated the circumstances of the burglary. They discovered that the woman who had been standing outside the residence had been in a previous relationship with Ketchum and had been transporting him to a mental health facility in Beverly Hills prior to the burglary taking place. She said that while driving, Ketchum directed her to turn down S.W. 31st Avenue. While approaching the residence, the woman said Ketchum attempted to jump out of the moving vehicle and she had to hit her brakes.
The woman said Ketchum got out of the vehicle, went up to the front door of the residence and started trying to kick in the front door. After multiple unsuccessful attempts, Ketchum went around to the back of the residence and smashed a glass sliding door to gain entry, the woman said.
Once he was inside the residence, Ketchum’s grandmother locked herself inside her bathroom while he began causing heavy damage, which included the front door hanging off its hinges and what appeared to be a glass china cabinet or curio in the living room area that was overturned and destroyed, the report says, adding that the damage was estimated to be well in excess of $1,000.
Further investigation revealed that although Ketchum has lived at the location in the past, he was evicted via a court order on Feb. 10. The same document advised that ownership of the residence was turned over to his grandmother after a walk-through was completed. Ketchum was also trespassed from the location on Feb. 12.
Following the investigation, Ketchum was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief (over $1,000) and trespassing in an occupied structure after warning. He was being held on $18,000 bond and is due in court May 4 at 9 a.m., jail records show.