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Second arrest made in Winston-Salem break-in armed neighbor tried to prevent

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Steven Austin Brown (left) and Jeremiah Lebrain Morris-Smith

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A second arrest has been made in the home break-in last week that an armed neighbor tried to prevent.

Jeremiah Lebrain Morris-Smith, 17, of Winston-Salem, turned himself in on Tuesday. He is charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Steven Austin Brown, 17, of Winston-Salem, was arrested on Feb. 1 in the 2300 block of Redbud Lane while attempting to run away from responding officers after the break-in. He is charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and resisting/obstructing/delaying a government official.

The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 at a vacant home at 2317 Redbud Lane.

A neighbor who witnessed the break-in retrieved a rifle from his own home and attempted to subdue the men until police arrived — but accidentally fired into the ground.

The suspects ran away, Winston-Salem police said.

No further charges are expected and no suspects are being sought in the case, Winston-Salem police said in a news release on Tuesday.

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