La Jolla author Jeanne Jones reveals details of terrifying home robbery

Leon Powell accused in break-in

SAN DIEGO - A prominent local author spoke out in court Thursday about the terror she experienced the night armed men stormed her La Jolla home.

Home alone and scared to death is how 77-year-old Jeanne Jones, a well-known author and columnist, described the night she was robbed.

"The lights in my bedroom came on after a terrible noise in the hallway and I knew that wasn't my husband; someone else was in the house," she said.

Just after midnight on Oct. 5, Jones was awakened by the noise and light and saw two men rifling through the closet where she kept her jewels.

"… Jewelry was all over the floor, things were pulled out and over turned," she said at Thursday's preliminary hearing for 27-year-old Leon Powell Jr.

Powell was arrested in Los Angeles after police said a DNA swab from Jones' back door matched Powell's name in a DNA database.

The October robbery follows one that took place at her house three years earlier involving three men.

In that case, the three were spotted leaving. They were eventually arrested and convicted.

In the October case, more than $250,000 in jewels were taken, "including a Rolex watch, a large diamond ring, lots of other rings and earrings, too," Jones said.

Powell, who remains free on $250,000 bail, could face up to eight years in prison if he is bound over for trial and convicted.

The hearing resumes on Monday.

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