OCALA, Fla. — Marion County deputies have arrested an Ocala man accused of breaking into a home while the residents were sleeping, because he was allegedly being “chased.”

  • Man breaks into Ocala home, claiming he was 'chased'
  • Resident held suspect at gunpoint when she heard noises  
  • Man unable to give names, descriptions on people 'chasing' him

Erick Russell Miller, 31, is charged with armed burglary of a dwelling after deputies say he broke into an Ocala home early Monday morning.

Miller told authorities he was being “chased” by an unknown group of people, according to a news release. After he broke into the home he reportedly armed himself with kitchen knives and acted paranoid, deputies say.

One of the residents of the home held Miller at gunpoint after she woke up around 2 a.m. when she heard noises from the living room.

Miller fled the home through the front door soon after, leaving behind scattered kitchen knives and a stack of change so he wouldn't be heard, according to MCSO. He also allegedly removed night lights from the home to hide from the people who he says were chasing him. 

Miller was located soon after he fled. According to deputies, he admitted he broke into the home when he was located. They also say Miller could not give them names or descriptions of the people allegedly chasing him.

He is being held in Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond.