Jeffersonville couple find armed intruder inside home, convince him to hand over weapon


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 12:21 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Jeffersonville couple’s quick thinking landed a crook behind bars.

Julius and Linda Peffley returned home Friday afternoon after spending the entire morning at the doctor’s office to find 34-year-old Troy Brunelle inside their home on the 1300 block of Charlestown Pike.

“I heard a little noise and I turned around and there he stood. I think I just froze,” Linda Peffley said.

Linda says Brunelle was in a closet in the couple’s computer room. His face was covered and he was holding her father’s knife. She says her husband then walked into the room not knowing an armed man was there.

“I seen the knife, I thought just stay cool,” Julius Peffley said.

The couple had spent nearly four hours at the doctor’s office last Friday morning. Linda Peffley was recently diagnosed with cancer.

According to the pair, the suspect broke into the house through a door in the garage.

“He was going through everything…opening up drawers. He was trying to get small objects,” Julius said.

Julius says his first thought when he saw Brunelle was his wife’s safety.

“You know he just said is ‘all I want is money for drugs. I want money for drugs.’ I said no, you can’t have no money for drugs not here,” Julius said.

According to court documents, Brunelle was charged with burglarizing three other homes one block from the Peffley’s home this past spring. He was recently released from jail.

 In order to keep him and his wife safe Julius acted calm and befriended Brunelle while his wife secretly dialed 911.

“I said, ‘you don’t look too well. Can I remove the hood? And I touched it and pulled it off and he didn’t say anything. I said again, you don’t look too well. Do you want to sit down? I don’t want you to faint,” Julius said.

Julius says police arrived quickly.

Brunelle is being held at the Clark County Jail. He is charged with burglary.