Half-Naked Intruder in 12-Year-Old's Bedroom Is Lucky to Be Alive

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justiceHero alert! When an intruder broke down the front door of a house in Washington State, pulled down his pants, and climbed into bed with a 12-year-old girl, the girl's dad grabbed his gun. And he proceeded to hold the creep at gunpoint while his wife called the cops. 

The family's nightmare ended when the cops showed up two minutes later and booked Kevin Niel Hawkins on charges of attempted child rape and burglary. It's a good lesson for vigilantes everywhere.

You have the right to protect yourself and your own. Do any more than that, and you lower yourself to their level. And it's just not worth it.

As little Alexis Reimers' mom Emily Kiely told TV crews who showed up to tell their horror story, it could have ended a lot worse if her husband had gone further:

Thank God my husband didn't shoot him -- otherwise that would have been a whole other story. But I'm glad we did have something to defend ourselves and glad my daughter is safe.

Her words marked a turning point in the newscast for me. Here I was, shaking with anger on her family's behalf, on behalf of that poor little girl. I wanted to do terrible, awful things to the kind of man who would hurt a child.

This guy made one of the biggest mistakes a guy can make: threatening a young girl when her daddy was there to protect her. But the way Alexis' dad handled the whole thing gives me chills. He was a hero under pressure, and he did exactly what every other person facing a criminal should. He defended his family, and nothing more. He left the real work for the criminal justice system.

His restraint saved his family. By neutralizing the threat against his family without using force, he saved them the agony of having to watch him become a criminal. They didn't have to see him booked and carted off to jail too. Can you imagine how hard that would have been for that kid? Here she is the victim of a trauma, and then on top of it, she'd have to lose her rock, the daddy who came to her rescue?

I think it's pretty safe to say that's a horror this kid could live without. And thanks to her pretty awesome dad, she can! He made certain the only criminal in that house is now in the big house.

What would you have done in this man's situation?

 

Image via umjanedoan/Flickr

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Melis... Melissa042807

What a concept - a SMART gun owner. They do exist! :-) This type of gun owner is more common than the stupid kind. The smart ones just never get anything written about them in the news because they're not out there doing stupid things. 

nonmember avatar Lord K

Wow that dude is lucky to be living! Too bad though, one less pervert child molester on the street is a good thing.


And what's up with the china crap in the pic?!?!

LostS... LostSoul88

Sorry, I would have pulled the trigger

Brittany DeWilfond

my husband would have prolly just shot  him. he believes if its in his home is his justice they have to deal with.. im dont believe in taking it into your own hands. besides id enjoy the justice of roughnecks in prison kicking the crap out of him everday then giving him a quick death.

nonmember avatar Lord K

In many if not most states, it wouldn't even been considered illegal to kill the man. Even if the father did get arrested, the DA would probably be hard-pressed to charge him. Even then, for some reason, the DA did charge him, he would have a difficult time finding a jury who would convict the father. After all, AFAIK, registered sex offenders can't sit on juries.

Jessica Zeigler

Had the dad shot the intruder, he would not have been a "criminal" or "carted off to jail". Those are not correct facts.  I assume the undertone of this article points to George Zimmerman- which is a VERY different kind of case than an intruder BREAKING AND ENTERING a private home and attempting to rape a child. This father had every legal right to shoot or kill the intruder. And honestly, he is LUCKY that he was able to hold a crazed psycho at gun-point while waiting for the authorities. What if the intruder would have overpowered the dad and turned his weapon on the family? Then the dad just provided a weapon to the intruder. Many times, police do NOT advocate private citizens detaining suspects on their own. It often does not end well for the would-be hero. This dad made a judgement call in this situation and it worked for him. But no other parent should ever think twice about taking ANY force that is necessary to protect their home and their children, especially in a case where a naked man has gotten in bed with a child. 

aubre... aubrey_clair

In Minnesota, at least, you have the right to defend your property during the commission of a felony, and this guy was guilty of at least two, breaking into an occupied home and sexual contact with a child under age 13. The dad would likely have been taken to the station to give a statement, had he shot and killed the intruder, but not likely to have been booked into jail. As it was, he used the level of force necessary and no more than that, but if the perp had escalated the situation, the dad would have been fully within his rights to shoot to kill.

Flori... Floridamom96

"You have the right to defend yourself and your own. Do any more than that and you lower yourself to their level." Wow! What a breathtakingly stupid thing to say. Shooting the man who's trying to rape ANYONE is defense. If you don't get that...well, there are no words.

nonmember avatar blh

Shockingly enough, I agree with Floridamom. If you can't shoot someone who's threatening your kid you're not a very good parent.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Its effing sad that that Father would have been turned into a "criminal" for protecting his family. He didnt know what that asshole was planning to do..Rape his daughter? Kill her? Kidnap her? .... I'm sorry, that guy would have had 15 bullets unloaded in him before he knew what hit him...Its not ignorance, or stupidity to protect your family.

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