HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A man has been charged in an incident that led two SWAT teams to a quiet Metro East neighborhood Tuesday, surrounding a house to find an armed attacker.
Police said Mahmoud Massoud of Highland has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. He is being held at the Madison County Sheriff's Office on an $85,000 bond.
Officers were called after a man said someone broke into his Highland home and randomly attacked him with a knife.
The victim said he fired off a couple of rounds in defense.
By the time SWAT broke down the door, the attacker wasn't inside. But for a time, people on or near Cedar Street were either forced to evacuate or to hunker down in their own homes.
"Next thing I know, a gentleman with a gun come in and said, ‘Get your kids, get your stuff and we need to evacuate you,’" said Renee Holiday, a next door neighbor.
Police believed a dangerous attacker, possibly armed, was in the trailer.
"He had us duck and like get down so we were ducking like this and he was checking every corner," Icie Holiday said.
Police say the man living in the trailer called around 10 a.m. and claimed a random attacker busted through his front door and started stabbing him while he was sleeping.
"He was bleeding, we got him medical attention," said Highland Police Chief Terry Bell. “He has since been treated and released."
Police surrounded the house and after a long wait, announced over a loudspeaker for anyone inside to come out.
When no one came out, SWAT officers kicked in the door but found no one inside.
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