Monday, May 21, 2007

Nightmare

Imagine being a single woman sleeping in bed with two dogs when at 2:00 a.m. you're jolted awake by their barking. You get out of bed to see what the commotion is all about and walk sleepily to your bedroom door. You slowly pull open the door and are met by the darkened silhouette of a man standing directly outside your door in the hallway. You are about to dial 911 on the cell phone your holding when a gunshot explodes in front of you and a bullet shatters the phone and your hand. You scream and run frantically back into your bedroom towards the closet. A volley of bullets follows your retreat striking you in the knee, arm, and side. As you slam the closet door closed, more bullets tear through the wood and into your flesh.

You are alive but badly wounded and don't know if the intruder has left. You don't have a regular telephone but risk bleeding to death if you wait too long in the closet. Imagine the courage needed to open the closet door, walk through the house and then go outside into the unknown darkness to your neighbor's house for help.

Police and detectives arrive but do not locate the murderer/rapist-to be. Several of the neighbors' back yard gates are open and burglary tools are found in a different backyard. You appear the be the victim of a random attack but cannot be certain.

This nightmarish scene seems like something out of a horror movie but played out in real life last week to a woman living in a "nice" neighborhood. It turns out this woman's grandfather and my wife's grandfather are brothers but I've never met her.

After investigating the scene, it was determined the suspect entered through a doggie door on the back side of the house. I can't tell you how many burglaries I've investigated where the point of entry was a doggie door. And, if you think that thin piece of plastic that slides into the inside of the doggie door will keep a person out, think again. A simple kick or a screwdriver is all it takes to remove the plastic cover. If you have a large or medium sized doggie door that leads into your house, please do something to deter criminal from using it.

7 Comments:

At May 21, 2007 1:08 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Scary!

 
At May 23, 2007 4:33 AM, Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

In your line of work, it must be easy to start hating people, and now we learn that dogs aren't necessarily safer pals...

Please catch the bastard.

 
At May 23, 2007 9:51 AM, Anonymous gamma said...

Oh my God! Is this woman alright? Do you ever hear how these victims turn out? Please be careful.

 
At May 23, 2007 12:51 PM, Anonymous pdb said...

You might live in a nice neighborhood, but don't forget that the bad neighborhood can come and visit pretty much anytime it wants!

 
At May 25, 2007 7:14 PM, Anonymous LC said...

Luckily this young women's fingers were saved and she should fully recover, at least phsycally. She never intends to go back to her own home (very sad) and the first thing she asked about coming out of surgery was about the dogs. While they didn't scare away the intruder, at least she was awakened and he didn't have the opportunity to sneak up on her in her bed and do who knows what. Her family has been through a lot in the last 10 days. They are now getting back to normal.

 
At May 26, 2007 12:28 AM, Blogger Mr. Police Man said...

We have a serial sexual stalker in my beat that I patrol. His 3 assaults in my area in as many years were just tied to a few about 10 years ago. All we have on the guy is a BLUE eyed guy.

I can't wait to catch him. Here kitty kitty!

 
At June 05, 2007 9:13 PM, Blogger The OE said...

Lady got heart. I keep hearing about deadbolts but the glass on a window can be broken very very quietly. I want my windows up high. With metal clothes hangers and windchimes on every window and even interior doors to make noise if disturbed. And a noisy noisy dog waiting to see what's going on. And an alarm control box in the bedroom that tells me which motion detectors are going off. Most people have these things already and could start using them tonight. Don't ask how I learned all this

 

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