Husband, wife help catch man police say assaulted Marietta officer

Surveillance video shows the suspect trying to lift door handles on the car parked in the driveway.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A metro couple say they helped police find a man accused of attacking an officer.

On Wednesday, Steve and Jayne Morrow said they came face to face with the man investigators say has a long, violent criminal history.

"I was afraid it was going to escalate (into something)," Steve Morrow told Channel 2's Matt Johnson.

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The Morrows are about two weeks away from retirement. On Wednesday, they found themselves about 2 feet away from Jordan Miles, 27, a man police consider dangerous.

“I was alert to anyone who may kick in our door, and at that point, it was getting very scary,” Steve Morrow said.

Surveillance video that Johnson obtained from a Marietta home a half-mile away from the Morrows’ shows the suspect trying to lift door handles on the car parked in the driveway.


Video also shows him walking through a backyard off Booth Road before a neighbor called 911 at around 1 a.m.

Responding Officer Matthew Saylers tried to arrest Miles, but Marietta police say Miles attacked.

“During that wrestling match, at some point, his knee connects square with the nose and face of one of the officers and knocks the officer completely unconscious,” said Marietta police spokesperson Officer Chuck McPhilamy.

That's when police said he ran into the Morrows' backyard to hide, but their dog, Jodi, woke them up, and they called 911.

“He's in our patio, stooped down, by the barbecue. I just saw him move. He's got a white coat on, white sweatshirt or something,” Steve Morrow said in the call to 911.

Police arrested Miles in the backyard. They say it's his 12th arrest.

For the Morrows, they're just thankful they could help police do their dangerous job.

“It’s sad that our officers are attacked so much,” Jayne Morrow said.

Miles faces loitering and obstruction of an officer charges, which are both misdemeanors.