Authorities later realized the suspect has several pending burglary charges and is suspected in a home burglary just reported in D'Iberville.
A woman who had been staying home with a sick child missed the confrontation, police said. The woman had just left to pick up some medicine and had taken the child with her, Detective Carl Short said, when the suspect arrived at her home.
The burglary was in the 13000 block of Schonewitz Road near Hudson Krohn Road. It was reported about 11 a.m.
Short said a neighbor became suspicious when he noticed a man he didn't know park his vehicle and run around the back of the woman's house. The neighbor and a friend drove around the block and pulled behind the stranger's vehicle and confronted the man when he ran out of the front door with items of value in his hands.
"They tussled and the suspect tried to drive off and hit a tree," Short said.
The neighbor grabbed a gun and ordered the stranger to stay on the ground until police arrived, he said.
Police identified the suspect as Alvin Anderson Jr., 18, of 25th Street in Gulfport.
Items found in the backseat of Anderson's vehicle apparently had just been stolen from a home in D'Iberville, Short said. D'Iberville police were filing a burglary charge in that case.
At the time of Anderson's arrest, he was out on bond pending prosecution on two burglary charges filed in Harrison County in January. He also was wanted by the Forrest County Sheriff's Office on a burglary charge from an incident also reported last month.
Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain revoked Anderson's prior bonds.
Anderson is held at the county jail.
Short said 99 percent of the city's burglaries occur during daylight hours. That's why it's important to keep doors locked and for neighbors to look out for each other and call for help when something seems suspicious, he said.