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Stranger In Town

Saturday night had a bit of excitement I could have done with out.
My husband and I were in our family room, while my girls were playing in the back yard with their friends. We had all of the windows open, listening to the kids screaming for joy, or anger, from being splashed in the pool.
Next thing we hear is a mans voice shouting something like "Stop Right There!"
My husband and I look at each other. He runs to the back yard while my daughter comes in from the front door saying that a stranger had come into the backyard. She said that she waved at him, he waved back, then he went climbing down our bank. (What this stranger didn't realize is that the bank is full of blackberry brambles so he didn't get very far.)
When I went to the front of our house I saw 10 police cars lining the street. 10!
An officer came to me to say that they had "the suspect in custody" and that everything was clear.
This man was stopped for a traffic violation and decided to run from the police. A neighbor across the street heard the sirens and looked out their window to see a man run into the backyard and called 911.
Yeah for neighbors!!!
Yeah for all of us looking out for one another!!!
It all happened so fast, and my mind plays so many horrible scenes over and over. It could have been so different, ya' know.

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19 comments:

  1. HOLY COW!! I am so, so, so glad that everyone was safe and ok. What a crazy thing to happen!!

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  2. Wow that IS crazy! We had something like this happen at 3 am a yr ago. A teenager who was on drugs and threatening suicide was running through backyards in our tract. They thought he might have a gun and so there were copters, a canine unit and officers all over our quiet "safe" suburban block. They actually found him up a tree three doors down!

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  3. OMG!! How scary! Thinking about what could have happened is always worse. It can keep me awake at night for days. Glad everyone is Ok!

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  4. WOW. How lucky you are that it wasn't worse...I'd be up all night replaying it in my head. PHEW!!!!!!

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  5. wow that would be totally freaky!I'm glad everyone is O.K&they got that "genius"in custody!!

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  6. That is so freaky...luckily it wasn't worse..or he was armed!

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  7. Sounds like a "teaching moment" for your kids. I would imagine you were ready for a few "adult beverages" after that experience.

    The closest we came to that was reports of a lion that was spotted in our neighborhood (3 separate sources, including a police officer) but never caught. We had police helicopters circling overhead for a few days.

    I never had an easier time in the mornings getting the boys into the car.

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  8. How chilling. Glad it all worked out okay.

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  9. Wow. That sounds scary. But then I read Bad Momma's comment and thought, "WOW!!!!! A LION?????!!!!!" I don't know if I would ever let my kids play outside again without tranquilizer guns.

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  10. myra@wemakethree.comJune 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    that is crazy scary. i'm so glad that you're ok and everything turned out alright.

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  11. Ann,

    This is scary! Thank goodness for neighbors AND blackberry brambles!

    So glad you and your girls are all safe!

    kellie

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  12. yikes... the kind of excitement you don't want...

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  13. Wow- that would have been freaky- so glad it all worked out that he was caught and no one hurt.

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  14. Wow! I'm so glad everything was okay! Thank goodness you had the windows open to hear and react quickly, and thank goodness the police were on top of things. So glad you are all okay.

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  15. It's so great to have good neighbors! Glad everything turned out okay!

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  16. OMG. How scary! And yay for that neighbor! I'm glad you are all OK!

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  17. Oh my thank GOD it was all okay. Of course if I heard 'stop right there!" I would be looking around to see which one of my boys had done something to make the neighbor mad! Oh I love happy endings though....

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  18. yikes! that is crazy! glad everyone is okay!

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  19. Yikes!! That is crazy! Very glad all was ok...probably not as glad as you are though! YAY for helpful neighbours!!!

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