WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN — Imagine pulling into your driveway, opening the garage door and finding a stranger inside. What would your first reaction be? Would you draw your weapon immediately, seek help, or investigate the situation further? This was the decision one Michigan woman and her husband had to face.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5, in the 1200 block of Sixth Street. The woman told police she was running errands and upon returning home and opening the garage door, found a stranger sitting inside.Via News Herald
She immediately went into her house and told her husband an intruder was in the garage. Her husband ran out with a gun, pointed it at the 39-year-old Lincoln Park man, and called police.
“Don’t you move until the police arrive!” the resident reportedly yelled at the intruder.
According to police, the stranger entered the backyard through an unlocked gate, and then entered the garage’s side door, which also was unlocked.
In this case, the woman opted to call for help; her husband with a gun. Once alerted to the fact that a strange man was in their garage, the husband didn’t waste a second. He immediately drew on the suspect and warned him not to move. The husband kept the suspect at gunpoint while the police were called out to their home.
Fortunately for everyone involved, the suspect listened to the commands of the homeowner and patiently waited for his date with the police. As the article described, the suspect found entry into the garage from an unlocked gate in the backyard. From there he found an unlocked side door into the garage. He was one door away from entry into the house.
It’s true that a lot of these criminals aren’t the brightest crayons in the box. However, the ones that have been doing it long enough learn the tricks of the trade. A simple thing like an unlocked gate in a backyard could lead to an easy home entry. Firearms in the home is an important tool to defend yourself and your loved ones. However, making entry into the home as difficult as possible is another great way to protect yourself.
Kudos to the husband for thinking quickly and coming to the aid of his wife. The homeowner is not facing charges.