The Limestone County Sheriff's Office arrested a Harvest man accused of assaulting a police officer after investigators say he burglarized a Madison business on Christmas morning.
Nicholas Green is being charged with breaking and entering a vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer, drug paraphernalia, and more.
The sheriff's office said it happened at Import Auto at the intersection of Highway 72 and County Line Road.
The owner of Import Auto in Madison said Green grabbed a rock and through it their front window. He then was able to get into the business and take several keys to the vehicles in his shop. Although the owner was frustrated with Green, he has a positive outlook as to what happened to his local business.
"I'm not going to let anybody, you know, take what I have for no reason," says Jeff Farhoudi, the owner of Import Auto.
He explains the moment he realized an intruder came into his shop: "I heard a noise and came down from downstairs and he was standing right there."
Farhoudi was asleep when he heard Green break into his shop.
"I got my gun, came down...Came down...Told him to stop he didn't stop.. He went outside," he adds.
Green tried to take the keys to several vehicle in his shop, including a Madison Police officer's vehicle.
"He got the key. Came over here. Tried to open this right here," he explains.
When Green saw Farhoudi, he ran. Farhoudi fired shots at him. And that's when a Limestone County Sheriff's Office deputy was led on a short foot chase with green. The deputy had minor bruises and cuts to his leg but he found drug paraphernalia and stolen property on green.
"I would not press charges against him because going to jail won't make him a better person that's for sure," explains Farhoudi.
But he has another message for Green tonight.
"If he would have come over here, knock the door...I would go outside and talk to him and give him some money. I would help him," he says.
The Limestone County Sheriff's Office says Green has many warrants out for him from other agencies.
According to records, he was arrested in November for robbery and bonded out of jail.
A Harvest man is in jail after law enforcement says he burglarized a business, unlawfully entered a police car, assaulted a deputy, and more.
Nicholas Claude Green, 24, is charged with burglary, theft, breaking and entering a vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempting to elude, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held in the Limestone County Jail on a $14,500 bond.
Deputies responded to Import Auto, 30585 U.S. Hwy 72 in Madison, on the morning of Dec. 25 after Green was caught in the act of burglarizing the business, said Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Young said the owner of the business was asleep in the living quarters until he heard glass break in the front of the store. Video showed Green throwing a large rock through the store’s front window.
Once Green entered the business, he began stealing keys to vehicles, Young said. He entered the garage attached to the front office where he located a Madison City Police car, which he unlawfully entered.
At that time the owner saw Green, who was armed with a knife, and ordered him to stop, holding him at gunpoint. Green ran away and the owner gave chase.
The offender attempted to steal the victim’s vehicle with the keys he had stolen inside the business, but the owner fired shots in the air causing the suspect to flee on foot from the scene, Young said.
Deputy Danny Craig was in the area and saw Green on Hatchett Road East.
Craig ordered Green to stop, but he ran into a wooded area, said Young.
After a lengthy chase, Craig took the suspect into custody. Young said Craig found drug paraphernalia and stolen property from the business on Green.
Craig sustained minor physical injuries during the apprehension.
Young said Green has many warrants with other agencies, and additional charges are likely.