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Half-Naked Intruder in 12-Year-Old's Bedroom Is Lucky to Be Alive - What would you have done in this man's situation?

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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Half-Naked Intruder in 12-Year-Old's Bedroom Is Lucky to Be Alive

Posted by Jeanne Sager on April 30, 2012 

justiceHero alert! When an intruder broke down the front door of a house in Washington State, pulled down his pants, and climbed into bed with a 12-year-old girl, the girl's dad grabbed his gun. And he proceeded to hold the creep at gunpoint while his wife called the cops. 

The family's nightmare ended when the cops showed up two minutes later and booked Kevin Niel Hawkins on charges of attempted child rape and burglary. It's a good lesson for vigilantes everywhere.

You have the right to protect yourself and your own. Do any more than that, and you lower yourself to their level. And it's just not worth it.

As little Alexis Reimers' mom Emily Kiely told TV crews who showed up to tell their horror story, it could have ended a lot worse if her husband had gone further:

Thank God my husband didn't shoot him -- otherwise that would have been a whole other story. But I'm glad we did have something to defend ourselves and glad my daughter is safe.

Her words marked a turning point in the newscast for me. Here I was, shaking with anger on her family's behalf, on behalf of that poor little girl. I wanted to do terrible, awful things to the kind of man who would hurt a child.

This guy made one of the biggest mistakes a guy can make: threatening a young girl when her daddy was there to protect her. But the way Alexis' dad handled the whole thing gives me chills. He was a hero under pressure, and he did exactly what every other person facing a criminal should. He defended his family, and nothing more. He left the real work for the criminal justice system.

His restraint saved his family. By neutralizing the threat against his family without using force, he saved them the agony of having to watch him become a criminal. They didn't have to see him booked and carted off to jail too. Can you imagine how hard that would have been for that kid? Here she is the victim of a trauma, and then on top of it, she'd have to lose her rock, the daddy who came to her rescue?

I think it's pretty safe to say that's a horror this kid could live without. And thanks to her pretty awesome dad, she can! He made certain the only criminal in that house is now in the big house.

What would you have done in this man's situation?

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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Gabeys_Mommy
by Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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If the guy had shut up & stayed still, just held him at gunpoint. If he had tried to escape or attack, well then he's fair game
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.shank.
by Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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I would have done the same as her father did.

Perhaps should him once in the testicles for good measure... and to make myself feel a little better lol.
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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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My husband would not have had as much restraint. He wouldn't even need a gun. I think he would have ripped the guy apart with his bare hands. He could do it too.

thehickinhickor
by Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

really i would more then likely have a flash back and shot him my s dad got in bed with me around that age i woke up to him ..will i woke up to something not so nice 

katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Same thing. We have a shotgun for a reason.  One is hunting (well, thats a long term plan).  But the primary reason is for home defense.  We had some wake up calls with various friends of ours who experienced life changing crimes. 

We hope to never have to pull a trigger on someone. Although in Alabama, as long as they present a clear and present danger to you (armed) you CAN shoot.  If they are running from you, then you can not pursue, or harm them.  

Granted, just cocking the shot gun should be enough to control the situation...there is absolutely no mistaking that sound. 

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erika9009
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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I don't think Steve or I (yes, I can shoot rather well) would have shot him with Katie (my 14 yr old) in the room unless we felt she was in danger.   Killing someone in front of your kids will affect them for the rest of their lives.  So, only if absolutly necessary.

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MomToAyla743
by Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I would like to say I would do the same thing. In reality, I probably would have shot that SOB.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

 sadly, my husband would not have had that much restraint and probably would not have found the gun as satisfying.

me, I would have set the dogs on him and found something heavy to beat him with...

punky3175
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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While I don't necessarily think dad would have been treated like a criminal if he had shot the intruder (it was defense of his family after all) I'm glad he showed restraint. I think it speaks very highly of him and spared his family possibly viewing him differently if he had pulled the trigger.

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by Bazinga! on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

 I would have kicked his ass.

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