Edgefield teenager stares down burglar using rifle

Vicki Mims says she's proud of her son, Jacob Brown, and the way he protected his little brother from a burglar. (August 5, 2010 / WRDW-TV)
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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, August 5, 2010

EDGEFIELD, S.C. --- A burglar targeted a home in Edgefield County. He got in, but he didn't stay long, thanks to a quick-thinking 13-year-old boy determined to protect himself and his brother. The boy's parents are glad things worked out the way they did.

Family pictures show the closeness between brothers Jacob Brown and Chandler Mims. Their mother, Vickie Mims, says there's nothing they would not do for each other.

"I mean from day one, they've always taken up for each other and looking out for each other and watching their backs and stuff," she said. "They've always had a special bond."

That "special bond" was put to the test on Tuesday, when Jacob and his little brother were home doing chores. That's when Jacob saw a man wearing a hoodie and a ski mask entering the back of the house. He quickly reacted.

"We've always told our children to try to protect yourselves," said Mims. "If anybody ever comes in, you grab the phone and do whatever you need to do to protect yourself."

With a burglar inside the home, Jacob's first thought was to protect his little brother, and that's exactly what he did.

"He [Jacob] went and got a [Winchester] .30-30 [rifle], hid our youngest one under the bed, told him to be quiet, and then he went out with the gun and faced the intruders," said Mims.

Rifle in hand, Jacob stared down the burglar, who moments later ran out the same unlocked door he entered. Mims is amazed at her son's actions, but says she's not at all surprised.

"I said, 'Did you think twice about it?'" said Mims. "He said no, he didn't think about it, because he knew he had to do what he had to do to protect his little brother."

Jacob has become his little brother's hero and the neighbors' hero too. Twins Bradley and Jonathan Kemp live next door. They say they're proud of their friend, and they know what to do if someone tries to enter their home.

"Like Chandler, I would hide or get under the bed or get in my dad's closet," said Bradley.

"I would call the police or get the phone and go into my dad's closet," said Jonathan.

Vicki Mims says she feels better knowing her children are there for each other in good times and bad.

"That's when you know you love somebody, is when you will put your own life in danger," said Mims. "I'm very proud to say they are my children, very proud."

Jacob was not home when News12 talked to his mother and neighbors because he was away on a church trip.

Sheriff's deputies and Edgefield police searched the area trying to locate a suspect without success. The sheriff's investigative division is still investigating the case.

Vicki Mims
Vicki Mims says she's proud of her son, Jacob Brown, and the way he protected his little brother from a burglar. (August 5, 2010 / WRDW-TV)
Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown used a rifle to scare a burglar away from his home and protect his younger brother, Chandler Mims. (August 5, 2010 / Family photo)