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Powhatan woman confronts home invasion suspect in living room

Jarrett Cottle (Source: Powhatan Sheriff's Office) Jarrett Cottle (Source: Powhatan Sheriff's Office)

A 19-year-old is now in custody, after Powhatan deputies say a young man broke into at least four houses, stealing money and prescription drugs. In three incidents, residents were at home when the suspect walked inside, and took off within seconds.

Jarrett Cottle, 19, of Powhatan, is now behind bars at Piedmont Regional Jail. Before deputies took him into custody late Monday, Powhatan resident Anne Marie Bise said she saw the suspect in the middle of her living room. The young man turned to Bise, and appeared to be looking for someone he knew.

"The guy's just standing here and he was yelling someone's name," said Bise in an interview Monday. "And I said, ‘you have the wrong house,' and he looked at me, and walked out of my house."

Within minutes, the same suspect drove to the home owned by Bise's father-in-law, a short distance down a private road. When Tim Bise saw him pulling into his driveway, the suspect made an abrupt u-turn.

"A few minutes later, a State Police trooper showed up at my front door, and asked if I saw the guy," said Bise in an interview Monday. "I gave him a vehicle description, and it was the same cream or white colored SUV they were looking for."

Cottle now faces at least four felony counts of breaking and entering in connection to the home invasions. The incidents happened in the 2200-2300 block of Anderson Highway, as well as the nearby Chestnut Oaks subdivision. Cottle was also charged with petty larceny.

Authorities said Cottle entered three different homes on Anderson Highway Sunday. Early Monday, Cottle is also suspected of entering one home in Chestnut Oaks.

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