I was 21 and my hubby was overseas (military) so I went to stay with my parents for a summer while he was deployed. I had just had a baby (3 months).
My parents lived in a neighborhood where everyone knew eachother. My
neighbors knew me so even though I left for college I was familiar with
them all. Our houses had enough space bt them and big yards. And my
parents house in particular had a back wall that was all glass (for the
view). They were leaving for a week to go a funeral and since I just had
a baby we stayed behind.
I put my baby down and did the usually nightly clean up. Then stayed
up later then I usually do bc I was waiting for a call from the hubby
and the like 14 hour time difference. I layed down waited and all of a
sudden hear a creak. Like the creaking of a door being opened. I
completely froze. I thought maybe the ac circulation shut a door (that
happens sometimes) and waiting again. Then I heard it AGAIN!
I grabbed my phone and listened and heard panting. F*ing panting
from someone like they were out of breath. I started freaking out. I
myself can take an intruder on but with my newborn baby? My baby was
sound asleep so I scooped him up and stuck him in his car seat carrier,
tucked him in and stuck him in it.
I dialed 911 and called literally whispering from the floor. They
dispatcher is trying to keep me calm on the line saying she knows the
neighborhood and nothing ever happens in it usually bc it's such a safe
area. During this I hear someone step on a branch (but sounds further
away in the back yard) and curse. The dispatcher can hear me start
crying now, quietly but I've gone from suspicious to confirming someone
indeed opened the side door to the back yard and entered and preparing
to defend myself with my baby present. There's no way in that house to
get from my room to the garage or my car w/o crossing the wall of
windows, allowing them to see me toting my baby.
I'm debating a last minute blitz and to just grab my son and take
off running vs locking ourselves in the master and defending w/e
attempts to enter when I finally hear sirens getting closer. The
dispatcher tells me there will be a knock and it's the officers. I hear
it and run. Look to confirm the officers and let them in. One officer
stayed w me and my son while the other did a permitter search. He comes
back in and says he didnt see anything. I'm livid bc they think I'm
paranoid, I'm not about to stay there alone and I have no family in that
town so I'm packing my things to leave and calling for a place to go.
The officers watching my reaction and how I absolutely believe I'm not
safe decide to switch and double check one more time.
He comes back chuckling saying 'they found my 2 neighbors in the
backyard next door and they were looking for their cat just being dumb
teenage boys. That they told them to go home, but that's probably what I
WE DON'T HAVE TEENAGE BOY NEIGHBORS. And none of y neighbors have a
cat. One set were a retired couple and the other w 2 daughters. The
officer at this point looks completely concerned. He says he will make
sure they go home by walking them to their house, goes back out to look
for them and comes back a little while later.
Surprise, they are no where to be found.
They filed a report and one of the officers stayed the rest of the
night to make sure they didn't come back then we left the next day. I
still have no idea who they were, but that they were found 'crouching in
the neighboring yard' to this day terrifies me.