Every once in a while, I’ll get a call from a family member who lives in an area with a lot of transients passing through. This person will call me if someone strange comes to the door.
I used to think that this individual was acting overly paranoid. Then I spoke with an EMT whose experiences made my blood run cold.
“You’d hear the robbery calls come in,” he said, “and they’re always in the middle of the day when people are at work. And the bad ones are when the thieves find someone still at home.”
According to the Modesto Bee, that’s exactly what happened on Dec. 18 to a woman in Modesto, California. The incident began around 11 a.m.
The unidentified woman was home with her 3-year-old child when she glanced at her security monitor. The screen showed that her front door stood open — which was strange, because she’d shut and locked it.
So the woman went to close the door and discovered a stranger was outside. She would later learn that the 19-year-old woman’s name was Lucia Gomez.
Gomez explained that she needed to use a phone, and the woman said that she didn’t have one. That turned out to be a mistake.
Two more people appeared, and the woman suddenly realized she was facing a home invasion. She fled with her child into the master bedroom as the thieves stormed in after her.
Though the woman had shut and locked the bedroom door, the invaders soon broke it down. Then mother bundled herself and her child into the bathroom, locked that door, and braced her feet against it.
I can only imagine the horror of the next few minutes. The thieves tried their hardest to smash down the door.
However, every time they opened it the least little crack while demanding money and jewelry, the woman strained with all her might and forced it back shut. Meanwhile, her child must’ve been looking on in utter horror.
During this time, the mother somehow got a hold of a phone and called her husband, who then called 911. The police soon arrived on the scene.
As they approached the home, officers encountered the getaway driver, a 20-year-old man named Jhordan Spain. In a scene that would’ve proved humorous if the situation wasn’t so dire, Spain acted like nothing untoward was going on.
The police knew better, and in no time at all, they’d arrested all of the perpetrators. They caught six thieves in all, three adults and three minors, and the charges included first-degree robbery, conspiracy, and willful cruelty to a child.
Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear added, “Spain has an additional charge of resisting arrest. He tried to get out of his cuffs and was not cooperative when they had to undo him and recuff him after he pulled his leg through and got tangled up.”
Thankfully, both mother and son made it out of the ordeal unharmed, and are now back home safe and sound.
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