Eleven-year-old girl home alone hides in closet, scares off intruder with daddy’s shotgun

An 11-year-old girl in rural Michigan armed with her own wits and her father’s shotgun scared off a home invader and helped lead police to arrest a Detroit couple who’ve been victimizing residences since at least December.


According to WNEM in Saginaw, the incident took place Friday afternoon when the girl heard a van in the driveway of her home.

A man then knocked on all the doors – apparently to make sure no one was home. The girl did not answer the door, but went into a bedroom where she heard the man break into a back door, a Lapeer County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Sparks told the station.

The girl called her parents, then hid in the closet, WNEM reported.

“Her father is an avid hunter, she is familiar with weapons and inside that closet is where the gun case is,” Parks said.

And that’s what the home invader found out when he opened the closet and found the girl’s hiding place.

“The suspect opened up the door, she aimed the shotgun at him, and that’s what resulted in him fleeing,” Parks said.

He didn’t get far.

A van matching the description of the home invader’s vehicle was found about 30 minutes later, along with its occupants, 53-year-old James Wasson, and Rhonda Steward, 31, both of Detroit.

Also inside were jewelry and other goods stolen from area homes in a spree going back at least two months.

“Due to this little girl, her keeping her composure, she was able to observe and articulate what she saw. It definitely made a huge difference in this case and because of that ability, people are in custody,” Parks said.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


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