Larry English, the homeowner, said the incident concerned Travis McMichael, who, along with his father, is charged with Arbery’s death, English lawyer Elizabeth Graddy told CNN.
English received a text message on the night of February 11 from a neighbor who had agreed to monitor the property in English, but “does not know if the confrontation on the Ahmaud property involved,” said Graddy.
Arbery, 25, was jogging in this area, the Satilla Shores neighborhood outside of Brunswick, when he was shot nearly three months ago.
Greg McMichael (64) and Travis McMichael (34) were arrested last Thursday and are charged with murder and serious physical harm, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Graddy gave CNN a copy of the SMS exchange that English had with its neighbor:
“The police showed up and we all searched for a while. I think he was startled and ran after Travis confronted him. Travis says they ran into the house.”
“Let me know if he shows up or they find him. I appreciate that you have informed me.”
According to Graddy, surveillance cameras from motion sensors have recorded surveillance videos showing an intrusion into English property on February 11th.
English told CNN that he could not identify the person he saw on the video after the February 11 incident. He didn’t report the incident to the police, he said.
After the shootout, Greg McMichael informed the police that there had been “multiple break-ins” in the area and that Arbery looked like a suspect who was captured on a surveillance video.
When the McMichaels saw Arbery jogging on the day of the shootout, the two men grabbed weapons and chased him according to the police report.
When they caught up with him, Travis McMichael got out of the truck with a shotgun and, according to the report, there was a fight between him and Arbery. The older McMichael alleged to the police that Travis McMichael shot Arbery after he attacked him.
According to the Glynn County Police Department, only one intrusion in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores was reported in the more than seven weeks before the shootout. A 9mm pistol was stolen from Travis McMichael’s unlocked truck in front of McMichael’s house on January 1st.
In this video you can see the man walking around and not touching anything.
“I don’t want it to be erased, misused, and misinterpreted to make people think I accused Mr. Arbery of theft or robbery because I never did,” English said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday evening.