By Victor Ochieng
It all started like every other Sunday morning and former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber was getting himself and family ready for church. At some point during the preparation, his wife saw something; a car was parked in their driveway, a strange car for that matter. The wife drew his attention to it.
Believing that someone might have lost his way or that the car malfunctioned, the pastor went out to check it out. As he was moving past his car towards the strange car, the door of his car popped open and he instinctively kicked it.
Instantly, Juwan M. Bibbs, 22, dropped out of the car and Yarber grabbed him and started yanking him towards the garage just in case the young man had company.
“I wasn’t sure if there was a second person, so I didn’t want to stay out in the open,” he said.
As he was leading him to the garage, he looked at him closer and realized he was actually someone who attends his church.
“He said some things that made me mad,” Yarber said. “He asked me not to kill him because he’s got a 2-month-old baby, and I’m like, ‘My kids are in my house right now.’”
Yarber asked her daughter to get him a paddle, which he then used to whoop the young man on the backside, saying, “When you break in people’s stuff, it’s because somebody ain’t whooped your tail.” While all this was happening, Yarber’s son was busy capturing it in a video, a video that has appeared online.
“I wasn’t gonna kill him, but if he was gonna go to jail and be out the next day I wanted him to know why he went,” Yarber later said.
Police arrived at the scene soon after and the first one told Bibbs, “Wrong house, homeboy.”
Yarber would later learn that Gibbs actually had a gun and was only separated from it when he kicked the door of his car and he dropped out. Now Yarber says he’s thankful to God his family is safe and sound, knowing exactly what could’ve happened had the young man come out of the car with his gun in his hand.
“People keep talking about lethal force, but I don’t want to take any more credit than I should, but I guess if I’m putting on my other hat, my restraint came from God,” he said.