JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was called to investigate Monday afternoon after a high school golfer and her father helped scare off two people who tried to break into Jalen Ramsey's former home in Queens Harbour Yacht and Country Club.
According to a police report, the incident happened at a home along Marsh Harbor Drive, which News4Jax has learned the Jaguars' former cornerback rented during his stay here in Jacksonville. Property records show the house in the gated community off Atlantic Boulevard is owned by a Virginia couple, and according to Zillow, the home's estimated value is nearly $631,000.
The police report shows an attempted burglary was reported about noon Monday. The would-be burglars broke one window and removed the screen from another before getting spooked by people walking by.
A father and daughter, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were in town for a high school golf tournament. While on the course, the high school golfer said she noticed suspicious activity near the home.
"Something in my gut told me to turn around and that’s exactly what I did and I saw two guys wearing all black with these white and black ski masks," the student golfer told News4Jax by phone Wednesday.
She immediately yelled for her father to help.
"I started screaming and I was, like, 'They’re breaking in. They’re breaking in!' And he immediately knew what to do," she recounted.
Without hesitation, her father went after the two.
"I went straight for the brick house and, at that point, we heard an alarm go off. I guess it was a house alarm. Then two came bolting out of the back screened-in porch," said the father of the student golfer. "Absolutely nobody saw them. It was my little girl that saw them."
JSO's K-9 and Air units assisted in the search for the two people, described as being 20 to 30 years old, who were seen running from the house, but they were not found. Officers plan to follow up on the case.
The incident took place after the Jaguars traded the two-time Pro Bowler to the Los Angeles Rams for three draft picks last week.
News4Jax attempted to contact Ramsey and his agent on social media for comment, but had not heard back as of Wednesday evening.
As for the high schooler who happened to be in the right place at the right time, she said the attempted burglary at the home, which she had no idea Ramsey had been living in, threw off her golf team's game.
"We were all very traumatized about what happened and we were all, sort of, in tears about what happened and it's just a lot," she said. "No one was expecting it. It was a high school golf match and that was the last thing we would expect to happen."