It’s 7:30 in the morning and you are doing some laundry and getting your day started. You have plans to run errands and get some tasks done before the weekend. A man enters your home with a gun and a hammer looking for valuables. What do you do?
‘It felt like forever’: Man armed with gun and hammer breaks into north Phoenix home
PHOENIX — Phoenix police are looking for a man that broke into a north Phoenix home Monday armed with a firearm and a hammer.
One of the victims, who did not want to be identified, told 12 News she was doing laundry and folding clothes around 7:30 a.m. when the man broke into their home near 15th Avenue and Behrend Drive, just south of the Loop 101 Pima Freeway.
“I was in shock for quite a while,” she said. “Just a little while [ago] it hit me. I could picture him with a gun.”
The woman said the suspect got into their house through the back door shortly after her son had taken their dog on a walk. Her daughter-in-law was in a room near the back entrance getting ready for her work from home shift.
“She saw a hand come into the door where she was at, the door was partly open. So, he snuck his head in and he saw her. He held a gun to her,” the woman said.
The suspect asked her daughter-in-law for her cellphone and proceeded to break it. He then moved through the home.
“He went and looked at the bathroom and that’s when she got her opportunity to start running out and yelling at me, ‘there’s an intruder in the house,’” the woman said. “I didn’t know what she was saying so I came to the living room, up to the kitchen to see what she was saying, and I saw the guy pointing the gun at her.”
What Did The Victims Do?
The two women ran outside the home and into a neighbor’s house where they asked for help and called the police.
The woman said the encounter lasted about five minutes, but at the time “it felt like forever.”
Phoenix police officers arrived on scene, but the suspect got away.
“The concern is for anyone else out here,” the woman said. “Everyone lock their doors.”
The victim’s worry is that the suspect will terrorize another family in her neighborhood.
“I don’t know what he wanted, after we left he could have taken anything, but he didn’t,” the woman said.
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What Can We Learn?
This story hits a little too close to home for me. I am a resident of Phoenix and this happened right in my city. I have preached the importance of locking your doors so many times and this is the reason. If there is any opportunity for a predator to victimize you, they will. Don’t let your home become an easy target. Keep your doors locked and use whatever home alarm system you are able. Home invasions don’t don’t happen to everyone but taking precautions will make it even less likely to happen to you.