Seventy-year-old woman holds home intruder at gunpoint, talks about ordeal
It's not uncommon to hear stories of people defending their homes and themselves from intruders-- but when it's a 70-year-old woman, that story is a bit more uncommon.
...That's when she says she grabbed her gun and called 911. Moments later-- the intruder-- 28-year-old Cyrus Brown, broke through her back patio door, pushing his way through the glass.
“Immediately, I felt there was danger because he was so desperate,” explains the 70-year-old. “He's in the kitchen by the stove, I told him to get down on the floor. I said if you come any closer to me, I will shoot you to kill. I told him to sit down, don't move, and I want to see your hands at all times,” adds Sandra.
...In that moment, Sandra says she was glad she had a gun and knew how to use it-- just in case.
“I thought that this could turn out badly because I heard of other people being murdered in their house, but I decided, I wasn't going to go down without a fight. I owe that to my children,” she explains. “Guns aren't all bad, only in the hands of the criminal and guns can be a good defense.”
...She says she hopes others can learn from her story and think about protecting themselves. She’s hoping to have a neighborhood meeting in her area to discuss safety in homes.
..."I would give her thumbs up and tell her to keep up the great work and I'm really proud of her," Lanore Evins, Sandra's neighbor, says. "He probably didn't want anyone to know that happened to him. That's probably a little embarrassing for him."
"He was a little combative at first," explains Sgt. Bill Redman, St. Joseph County Sheriff Department. "The officers had to wrestle with him to get him to comply with their orders. He didn't mess with the homeowner though."
Sandra is in the hospital with heart problems she says stemmed from the incident. She says her doctors say the situation caused too much pressure for her. But Sandra hopes her story inspires others to stand up for themselves.
"Doesn't surprise me about any of us around here. We all fight what's ours," says Phyllis Barkley, Sandra's good friend. "Don't mess with the gray haired people! We still got a lot of fight in us."
Man Holds Alleged Car Crooks At Gunpoint
A man discovered two people allegedly trying to steal his car early Christmas morning and detained them at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to authorities.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office says they received a call at 3:21 a.m. from the victim, who reported the attempted car theft on South Van Allen Road in Escalon, reports CBS station KOVR-TV in Sacramento.
The caller said that he heard his vehicle turn on and went outside with his shotgun to investigate, allegedly finding and detaining 23-year-old Alejandro Aguiniga and 22-year-old Heather Reddy inside the vehicle.