Hueytown teen hides in closet, calls 911 during burglary; Bessemer man arrested

Brandon Shane Sweatt

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama -- A Hueytown teenager got quite the scare Monday after a man broke into his house, forcing him to duck out in his parent's closet and call 911 for help.{}

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. in the 3100 block of 15th Street, where a teen was home alone when a man began knocking on the front door. The 17-year-old, who peeked through a window to see who was knocking, refused to answer the door after determining the person was a strange man.

Moments later, according to the sheriff's office, the man went to the rear of the house where he threw a brick through a glass door to make entry. The startled teenager took cover in a closet and called 911. Hueytown police officers were first to respond and they were able to capture the suspect as he attempted to flee the scene.

Brandon Shane Sweatt, 34, of Bessemer, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. He's being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.