Intruder Comes Knocking and Finds an 11-Year-Old Girl Home Alone in a Closet…with her 12-Gauge [Video]

When I was 11 or 12 years-old, I was left at home to do homework and chores for brief periods of time and it didn’t scar me for life. Given, that was a different, safer world. I think this young lady is brave and conducted herself exactly right here. She didn’t answer the door (he pounded on every door and then let himself in) and she didn’t have to shoot the guy – he took off once he found her in a bathroom closet. She had been on her cell to her father and 911 the whole time as well. Thank goodness her father trained her to shoot. It probably saved her life.

From IJReview:

According to MLive, an 11-year-old girl was home alone when a vehicle pulled in the driveway. After knocking on all the doors, the suspect allegedly entered the house. The girl hid in a bathroom closet, armed with a shotgun.

The suspect eventually made his way to the bathroom and according to WNEM, “forced” open both the bathroom and bathroom closet doors. It was then that the girl pointed the shotgun at him and he fled the scene. The girl was unharmed.

Police found the suspect’s vehicle approximately 30 minutes later and arrested both occupants. WNEM also reports that both occupants were charged.

James Wasson, 53, of Detroit, and Rhonda Steward, 31, of Detroit, are in custody at the Lapeer County Jail. They are charged with first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion, and burglary tool possession.

Wasson is also charged with receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000, felon in possession of a firearm and firearm with commission of a felony.

A woman going by the username “April F.” claims to be the girl’s aunt and added more information to the MLive story. Her comment also addressed some of the questions and criticisms others had who posted comments.

The message is transcribed below:

The young lady in this story is my niece. She will be 12 next month. She was only alone for about 40 minutes, she isn’t normally alone. She was on the phone with her dad, and then 911 the entire time this was happening. She has taken gun safety courses and has a safety certificate. She knows how to shoot because her dad taught her. Thankfully she was unharmed, and does not have to live with the memory of killing someone. It’s bad enough that she is extremely traumatized over it.

I noticed that the story right below this one said “mother and son killed in home invasion”. Maybe if they had been armed, their lives would’ve been spared also. I’m proud of niece, and my brother for teaching her how to shoot!

Lapeer County Sheriff, Detective Sgt. Jason Parks, praised the 11-year old’s composure. He remarked that she and her father were avid hunters, and that the girl had handled with grace a situation that would have been difficult for most adults.

That must have been the shock of that intruder’s life… opening that closet, seeing a little girl and then realizing that she had a shotgun leveled at him. I’m sure his bladder and bowels were tested before he ran. The girl did not panic, kept cool and just did what she had to do. Her father should be very proud. I doubt she will stay traumatized over this for very long… it will make her stronger and better at survival. Good for her; not so much for the thief and his accomplice who were arrested.


Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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