Johns Creek Councilwoman confronts nude ‘cowboy’ intruder

Man had history of mental issues



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Call him the Commando Cowboy. Last Monday afternoon, Ashdon Gibbs, 21, of Decatur entered the home of Johns Creek Councilwoman Cori Davenport in the Prestwick subdivision wearing nothing but a cowboy hat.

Davenport’s 17-year-old daughter had come home from Johns Creek High School and was cooking noodles in the kitchen when Gibbs walked in through the garage. Davenport heard her daughter scream that there was a naked man in the house.

She and a male friend of her daughter from the neighborhood ran into the kitchen.

“The police asked me what he was wearing. I told them nothing but a cowboy hat. My daughter and her friend pushed him out the door, and he ran off,” Davenport said.

The Davenports’ video surveillance showed that Gibbs first approached the house at 1:23 p.m. where he tried to steal a motorbike off the trailer parked in the garage. He could not get it free and left. He returned at 1:43, and that is when he entered the house through the garage door.

Police arrived on the scene and quickly captured Gibbs nearby. By this time, he had acquired another set of clothes, but he still had on the cowboy hat.

As police put together his movements that day, it turns out Gibbs was quite a busy fellow. According the police reports, Gibbs began the day by stealing a Ford F-150 truck in Decatur. Later, he turned up at a gas station on Medlock Bridge Road asking people for gas money.

A Prestwick resident offered to give him some gas money if he, Gibbs, would do some yard work around his house. Gibbs agreed, but when they drove into Prestwick, Gibbs didn’t follow him to the man’s house.

Police say he broke into at least two more houses. In one house, he appeared to have shattered the back door where no one was home. He went inside where he drank a beer, fixed himself a sandwich and watched the Braves on TV.

At some point, Gibbs lost all his clothes except the cowboy hat, because he was nude by the time he appeared at the Davenport residence.

Police say he then threw a flowerpot through a window and entered it, where he apparently stole a T-shirt, pants and a pair of women’s golf shoes. These are what he was wearing when police arrested him.

Gibbs claimed his name was “Joe Boettcher” and that he lived in a nearby house with his parents. However, Davenport’s daughter quickly identified Gibbs as the intruder. Subsequent investigation showed he was Gibbs.

When Gibbs was arrested, the police dashcam footage showed him claiming he was a U.S. marshal, adding another offense to his list of charges.

Davenport said for her part, she would not press charges against the trespasser.

“I told police he’s harmless. I was more concerned that they catch him before school buses started bringing children home,” she said. “I think he is more harmful to himself than others. He is obviously very ill.”

She was told he had been recently released from a hospital after a stay for “mental issues.”

“I would hope he gets some kind of care. I wouldn’t want to see him put away with the murderers and rapists,” Davenport said.

Gibbs was arrested for two counts of burglary, several counts of public indecency, impersonating a police officer, criminal attempt to commit a felony, theft and criminal trespass.

JC 04-10-14

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