GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — First responders in Marshall County used a ropes rescue system to recover a man who fell from a steep bluff Wednesday night, and the property owners said the injured man ran off the cliff as they caught him in the middle of a burglary.
Anthony Wildman said burglars broke into a building on his Wooten Road property Tuesday night, and he and his father kept watch for them again Wednesday night.
“I suspected who it was, and I heard–I was down at my house, had the windows open–I heard a door rattling or just something over there,” Wildman said.
“Me and my father, we walked over here, we had our lights off, and we were standing really still and they turned on their flashlights first and then we hit them with the spotlight and the man that fell off the cliff took off and ran toward the cliff.”
The other man, identified as 31-year-old Adam Keith Wooten, did not run away. Wildman said he knows Wooten and was aware that Wooten was arrested in 2007 for attempted murder after shooting a man. Wooten later plead guilty to second-degree assault.
“We hit him with a spotlight and he was walking toward us and he was digging in his pockets and we didn’t know if he had a gun or something,” Wildman said. He and his father ordered Wooten to take his hands out of his pockets, but he did not.
“My father hit him with a pistol and I hit him in the back with a shotgun. We were able to apprehend him and hold him until the police arrived,” Wildman said.
Deputies arrived to arrest Wooten around 1 a.m., and Wildman said they later found the object in Wooten’s pocket was a small bag of crystal methamphetamine.
At the time, they were unable to find the man who ran away, but investigators found a car nearby with 22-year-old Amanda Joanna Lawson and 53-year-old Terry Green Love hiding in the backseat. Deputies arrested them and Wooten on burglary charges.
Wildman said when he woke up Thursday and heard vehicles out on the road.
“I thought it was a tow truck, and I went to go see what it was and it was an EMT,” he said.
“They said someone had fallen in the woods, and I assumed because the man had ran off into the woods, I assumed it was him. I led the EMT to the location,” and they found him.
Marshall County paramedics and the Grant Rescue Squad arrived to pull the man up.
“The rescue squad in Grant is really wonderful. They were down there within minutes and had him in a gurney and had him out,” Wildman said after they recovered the man.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has not yet identified the fourth burglary suspect.