By Jean Cole
A trial date has been tentatively scheduled in Limestone County for a Tennessee man accused of entering two Athens homes in October while armed with a double-barreled shotgun.
Karl Julian Rambo Jr., 23, of 30 Holman Road in Fayetteville, is scheduled for trial Sept. 9, though that date could be changed, Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said.
Rambo was initially charged Oct. 4 on four counts related to the break-ins, trespassing, shotgun possession and auto theft. A Limestone County grand jury formally charged him on five felony counts Jan. 16, including first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, attempted burglary, first-degree receiving stolen property and second-degree receiving stolen property, court records show.
Rambo is accused of breaking into an occupied apartment in the 1200 block of Henry Drive on Oct. 4, which was occupied at the time by Ashley Nicole Hall and her roommate Victoria Arnold’s two children, ages 3 and 4, court records show.
Athens Police were investigating a burglary on nearby Clinton Street in which a woman reported opening her garage door and finding a man armed with a long gun inside. While looking for a suspect in the Clinton Street burglary, Athens Police Capt. Anthony Pressnell happened to be passing Willowbrook Apartments on Clinton when he saw a woman run from another apartment screaming.
Apartment resident Arnold told police she had gone to the store when a man broke through a sliding glass door while armed with a long gun, court records show. Her roommate, Hall, had fled with the children and the burglar fled in the other direction after realizing the apartment was occupied, court records show.
After an extensive search that involved the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, police were told the suspect might be hiding in an empty apartment at Willowbrook. Officers Joel Hammond and Officer Joe McClanahan were checking empty apartments for open doors and broken windows when they found the suspect, Rambo, hiding in a bedroom closet holding a shotgun.
The suspect is also wanted in Tennessee in connection with the theft of a 1992 Ford Taurus that was found in Athens. Rambo was on probation for a charge in Louisiana when he was arrested, which could result in revocation of his probation.
Rambo has remained in the Limestone County Jail since the arrest.