Monday, May 1, 2017

BREAKING AND ENTERING


A couple weeks ago our lives were disrupted in the most hideous way. A couple guys attempted to break into our house while we were here. It was a scary and frightening ordeal.  And I have had a lot of sleepless nights since then. And probably will for a long, long time. We were sitting watching tv around 11:15 pm, when someone started banging at our front door. A male voice shouted, “You are fgking like everyone else and won’t help me.” What did he think we were going to do- open the door that late at night to a stranger? We heard hushed whispers between two men. Sounded like they were walking away. Then suddenly there was yelling and screaming. They started banging on the front door again. Told me to open it. I told my husband to call 911. We are senior citizens and the episode frightened us to our core. The yelling and banging got more intense. Sounded like one of them was throwing his upper body against the door. Then when it wouldn’t budge sounded like he kicked it. Told us to open the door because he was coming in whether we wanted him to or not. Kept banging on door demanding we open it. Then splintered the wood, cracking it open enough to see light from outside.  Shouted he was coming in and if we didn't open the door he was going to break the windows. Heard the glass shatter. Got more upset. They were that much closer to having their way with us, inside our humble home. Husband talked to the dispatcher on phone. Police finally came and caught these guys red handed. They arrested one. He was high on drugs. And the other guy, they let go because he was supposedly trying to get him help. But that brought no comfort to us. These two effectively held us hostage in our home for 15 to 20 minutes. It was terrifying and we are lucky they didn’t get in. God only knows what would have happened. We were at their mercy. Meanwhile we have to replace the damaged door at a cost that is ridiculously high according to the several estimates we’ve had. And to boot insurance has a $500 deductible so that doesn’t help. And in the meantime we have to live with the broken door until we can replace it. In all thirty one years of living here nothing like this has ever happened  before and I pray it never does again. I’m not sure I will ever be able to get over this happening to us. 




17 comments:

betty said...

Oh how scarey! Glad the police got there to arrest at least one of them. Glad you guys were okay too, but it will take a long time to get over this. Can you put up a security door that might make you feel a bit safer? Might be worth the expense.

Betty

jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is so awful. i am so sorry you guys had to go through this. maybe it's time for a security system.it's just terrible that this happened to you. i probably would have shot them. they are lucky you didn't!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm so thankful you were not harmed, but what a frightening time of it you had. I've never had that happen and hope I never do either. Hoping the memories don't keep you hostage in fear of it happening again. I cannot imagine how you must have felt. Prayers it will never happen again.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry you had to go through all this, Taryterre. That sounds scary! And it's going to be hard to get over something like this, but I know you will. And now, you have to pay for the broken damage done to your door! It sounds like you and your husband handled things in just the right way. Thinking of you today, Taryterre, and sending good thoughts to my blog sister.

love, ~Sheri

Jon said...

Good gawd - that is absolutely terrifying, and it's something that I'm sure you'll never fully get over.
Your privacy was invaded, your nerves were shattered, and you sustained damage to your property - not to mention psychological damage.

The only good thing is that at least one of the bastards was apprehended. Hopefully he won't just get a slap on the wrist (I have no faith in the "justice" system.

Anyway, my thoughts and sympathy are with you.

BTW -
Living here entirely alone in the wilderness always makes me extremely apprehensive. I am armed - - but heck, I'm not dangerous.....(*smile*)

Jon said...

It's me again.
When my parents lived in Odessa, Texas (shortly before my dad died) they had an iron gate put up on the front door.
It was very sturdy and secure - - but it was also very expensive...

Tina said...

I'm very thankful that you are both OK. That was very scary, even just reading about it.

Mevely317 said...

I'm stunned ... saddened, too.
We all think it couldn't happen to us. You must feel so violated!
Me, I'd probably be out a back window and still running. I hope the judge will, at least, force him to pay punitive damages.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm sorry this happened to you, how frightening! I'm so happy to hear the police got there and caught them and you all are okay. But I also understand how this would still be hard to get over and I'd be unable to sleep very well if it were me. Hope you can get your door fixed soon. That vermin should have to pay for it!

jack69 said...

WOW, I cannot imagine the thoughts as you waited for the police to arrive. Yes, an event like that will effect anyone, but especially seniors. Glad that you guys are physically Okay!

monica said...

That is such a terrifying experience. I can't imagine, although I realize that's a strong possibility of occuring in almost any neighborhood in this day & age.
I am glad that you & your husband are OK.
I'm sorry those creeps invaded your privacy and left you with such emotional

monica said...

scars.
I wish you peace.
Monica

Paula said...

So sorry to read this. Our house was broken in to in San Antonio once when we were gone about an hour. They took a lot of good stuff. We put bars on the windows and doors with an escape window in the bedrooms. Always kept a key near each door and escape window in case of fire. After my husband died and I lived there alone I was thankful I had those and it wasn't even a bad neighborhood. So glad they caught one of them,

Susan said...

Oh Taryterre, that was horrifying. Thank GOD you and your hubs were not physically hurt. Sounds like that guy was as crazy as a loon on drugs. Oh, mercy, what an awful experience. I am SO SORRY that happened to you. I think I would have run out the back door or locked myself in a bathroom. So glad they got the guy who obviously needs help and to be put away until he gets it. Thank God you are okay. Sincerely, Susan

Ken Riches said...

Wow, that is scary. You may want to consider getting some type of protection, a bat, or crowbar, or something.

Back Porch Writer said...

Oh my word. And they won't make these guys pay for this? Good grief? That is really scary.

Lori said...

That's a terrible thing to have happen.