Edmonson Voice Staff Report
A group of Bowling Green teens apparently looking for the address of a girl they met on the popular social media app Snapchat knocked on the door of the wrong house and are now facing marijuana charges after a car chase with the neighbor.
Local businessman Jeff Jacobs of Jacob's Home Furnishings said he got a call from the babysitter at his neighboring family member's house around 10pm last night. According to Jacobs, the babysitter said someone was ringing the doorbell, knocking on the doors, and looking in the windows and the sitter became frightened.
Jacobs said as he drove to the house he saw a car doing a donut in the yard before it took off and Jacobs followed as he called 911 to report the incident.
Jacobs said that he caught up with the vehicle and someone got out and one of the boys started walking toward him.
"I was on the phone with dispatch at the time," he said. "I wanted to keep them informed of what I was doing and make sure I had the right to defend myself and here comes this guy toward me. I told him, 'if you keep coming toward me and I can't see what you're doing, I'll shoot.' The guy got back in the car and they took off again. I didn't know who these guys were or what they were doing."
Soon after, KSP and an Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy caught up with the car and made a traffic stop where they found two juveniles and two eighteen year olds. After investigating, they reportedly found several grams of marijuana, scales, and $1000 in cash.
Kentucky State Police arrested one of the unnamed men on an outstanding warrant from Warren County.
James Cameron Fitts, (18) of Bowling Green was charged with Trafficking in marijuana <8oz-first offense, Possession of marijuana, and Possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the juveniles was charged for the same offenses.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said the boys told officials that they didn't even know the girl they were trying to locate, who they said was 17 years old.
"This is why we continue to encourage parents to stay involved with your children's lives and their friends," he said. "We can't confirm what these teens were planning on doing, but when you have four boys with that much marijuana and cash looking for a teenage girl they don't even know, it's not good."
He also pointed out that one of the boys also put himself in danger of being shot, all because he knocked on the wrong door.
"Citizens have a right to protect themselves," Doyle said. "Of course there are specific circumstances, but Mr. Jacobs did the right thing by warning the boy of his intention and luckily, a tragedy was avoided."