Thursday, December 16 – Roy, Utah
After 2 unwanted visits in the same day, both ending only with police intervention, a Utah woman “sought a protective order” against her increasingly violent ex-boyfriend.
One and 1/2 hours after being released from police custody he returned a third time. He forced his way into the home they had shared and began choking her.
The woman’s niece “grabbed a .357 revolver and fired two shots, striking (and killing the attacker).
“(The niece) said she fired the shots after she told (the man) to leave her aunt alone and he moved toward her. ”
Source: Deseret News
It has been said before, the police cannot protect you, and neither can a restraining order – although it may have legal benefit after the fact.
“OREM — A 14-year-old girl claims she escaped her kidnappers by jumping out of a moving vehicle.
“The girl told Orem police two men approached her in a red pickup truck shortly after her school bus dropped her off near 1600 North and 1100 West in Orem.
“She says one of the men had a knife and forced her into the vehicle. She says she fought with the men for about five minutes before she managed to jump out of the pickup she says was traveling about 20 mph.
“She says she then ran to a nearby store called into Unicity International, called her family, and then explained what happened to store owner Vicat Mauricio.
“Mauricio then called police.
“Orem police say the girl has been interviewed more than once and her story has been consistent each time.
“The men are described to be in their 40’s and are driving a red pickup truck.”
2 Important Takeaways:
1) “She fought with the men for about five minutes”
Do not comply with the demands of an abductor. Instead make a stand. Fight back. Do not give up.
2) “She managed to jump out of the pickup she says was traveling about 20 mph”
Refuse to go to the 2nd crime scene – where the bad guys are in total control to have their way with you.
“The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has chosen not to pursue charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a burglar on Nov. 8.
“Police say James Brandon shot Kyle Poulton while Poulton attempted to break into his Kearns home overnight.
“Police found Poulton dead in the street and later arrested his accomplice who got away.
“The district attorney’s office says, ‘Mr. Brandon had a real, and legally justified, fear for the safety of his family and believed he was attempting to prevent his home from being burglarized.'”
The moral of the story is don’t try to break into people’s homes in the middle of the night.
More details from the Deseret News:
“Poulton and another man rang the homeowner’s doorbell around 1:30 a.m. The home was occupied by Brandon, his wife and two children. According to reports, Brandon was part of the neighborhood watch and knew that people who burglarize homes in the area often ring the doorbell first to see if anyone is home before breaking in.
“Mr. Brandon went into the family room to look out the sliding glass door into his fenced back yard. As Mr. Brandon peered through the sliding glass door, a hooded man suddenly appeared and was reaching for the door when Mr. Brandon fired a single shot through the door at the intruder, who then fled,” the report states.
“According to Utah law, individuals are justified in using deadly force against a person who attempts to make unlawful entry into their home “surreptitiously or by stealth” if they believe the entry is intended to cause harm to the home or occupants of the home.”