88-year-old woman suffers a home invasion but she praises police for quickly capturing the suspect.
Charlene Morris, Lake Highlands neighbor, told NBC that the man smashed through her back door around 9 a.m. Wednesday at her home where she has lived since 1962.
“The guy jerked me out of the bed with this arm and said sit on the bed. Sit on the bed and don’t move,” she said.
The man took valuables and left within 10 minutes, she immediately called 911.
Officers Michael Waldroup and John Green were the first to arrive, they managed to calm her down and began gathering evidence.
“We were able to find a neighbor who had video of the suspect vehicle. So, we were able to broadcast that out,” Green told NBC.
Fingerprints were found at the scene and matched a suspect who was already wanted for parole violation on a prior aggravated robbery. They found the robber in 6 hours.
“I think they took care of me,” Morris said. “I’m not afraid,” but she said she had trouble sleeping Wednesday night.
Officers Waldroup and Green returned Thursday to find Morris’s back door was still broken.
“My granddaughter had spent half of yesterday trying to find somebody that could get out, and it was going to be a week before they could,” she said.
So the police officers contacted contractor David Wells, another Lake Highlands neighbor, to repair the back door with secure hardware to guard against another break in.
“It’s our duty to help our neighbors and make her feel good, especially after the situation that’s happened the last 24 hours,” Wells said.