COMMENTARY: After a break-in, I wanted to stand up for myself

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 06:24 PM.

June 19, around 8:20 p.m. in Crestview, I woke up to a dark house. After slowly getting out of bed, I fed dinner to the cats.

8:40ish, I heard a noise but also heard thunder in the distance and assumed it was just wind or something else. I heard more noises so I lifted my head up and saw two lights.

"It's just a passing car," I told myself. Besides, the cats are restless and hungry, so it's time to get going.

Then I heard a man's low, mumbling voice, and then another voice I couldn't make out.

Then I saw that the lights were not car lights. They were flashlights — and there are at least two people in my house.


I called 911. The phone lit up brightly; I hid it quickly out of fear of giving my position away to the intruders.

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