Escambia Man Arrested In September Murder

October 5, 2016

An Escambia man who murdered an elderly woman with a stolen gun last month has been arrested.

Perry James Ford Jr., 19, was arrested Tuesday night. He was charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery.

Ford was charged with the murder of Carolyn Barnes, 75, whose body was found September 10 in her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. A friend of the victim found her body when she went to check on her after she didn’t answer her phone.

Detective Christopher Forehand said the autopsy determined Barnes had been shot once in the back of her head. The gun had been stolen in a vehicle burglary that occurred August 9.

Forehand said Barnes had hired Ford on several occasions to do odd jobs for her at her home. The investigation determined she is believed to have opened her door when he showed up at her house around 12:52 a.m. on September 9 and allowed him inside.


13 Responses to “Escambia Man Arrested In September Murder”

  1. Jack Johnson on October 10th, 2016 7:56 am

    This guy was a decent football player but he was a rude punk. Enjoy your life in jail punk.

  2. Tina on October 5th, 2016 11:30 pm

    Prayers are with you and your family Perry Sr. In this situation every one looses.
    Keep your head up.

    Old PCFco-worker

  3. billy on October 5th, 2016 10:37 pm

    death penalty……..”and these things will cease to happen among you”

  4. Jennifer on October 5th, 2016 10:26 pm

    Really ? Enablers !! It’s time to take responsibility it’s your gun and your car what gives anybody the right to touch something that does not belong to them ?? If somebody pulls the trigger THEY are responsible not the gun ! If people make a choice not to own a gun it is their right as an American ! That is the great county that we live in freedom !

  5. Dan on October 5th, 2016 9:54 pm

    Prayer for both families.

  6. Sarah on October 5th, 2016 8:00 pm

    While this is a horrible thing to have happen and I feel so sorry for the Barnes family. I also know the ford family and I know he has a good family and a grandmama that raised him to do the right thing and I know she is broken hearted over this. It is so sad for both families, they need our prayers not our judgement,

  7. LEO CO on October 5th, 2016 6:44 pm

    Paul – I’m one of the individuals your referring to as being “irresponsible” for carrying a firearm and leaving it inside my vehicle. Its not being irresponsible and no one should stop leaving guns inside their vehicles just because idiots are breaking in vehicles to steal them. This is a very tragic crime and I personally hope they give him the Death Penalty for his senseless act.

  8. Hilton on October 5th, 2016 6:42 pm

    I knew this fine upstanding classy lady . Little did I know that she would be murdered behind her back by a filthy coward .

  9. mick on October 5th, 2016 5:46 pm

    Prison for life

  10. Alabama hammer on October 5th, 2016 3:12 pm

    Eye for an eye!!!!

  11. school buddy on October 5th, 2016 2:28 pm

    wow!!!!!!!!!! perry was such a good person at school

  12. Denise on October 5th, 2016 11:47 am

    Hey Thug, Mrs. Barnes gives you work to make some money then you go and act like a crazy person. You don’t have to worry about seeing her again, because she is going to Heaven. Prayers for the Barnes’ family and may she Rest in Peace.

  13. paul on October 5th, 2016 10:59 am

    There was a recent article about stolen guns on this site. Some of the people thought the ones leaving guns in their cars to be stolen were victims. They aren’t, they’re irresponsible gun owners who shouldn’t ever own a gun again. This poor Lady was the victim of someone’s lack of responsibility. They were enablers.

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