Tense moments in the early morning hours, as a woman carrying a gun confronts a man trying to get into her home.
The attempted home invasion happened on the 1900 block of Loxley near Upton, just before 5 a.m. Thursday.
It proved Betty Collins is a woman who stands her ground – with a gun in her hand.
“I said, ‘Get on the ground.’ and he got on his knees. I said, ‘no, put your face in the dirt and you’re gonna stay there.’,” recounted Collins.
The past two mornings, she says, someone has stolen items from her car.
This morning, she says someone was trying to get into her house.
It started outside of the Stop N Go at Loxley and Upton.
Collins’ boyfriend was riding his Harley to work at the Jeep plant when he spotted someone he described as ‘suspicious,’ so he called home to warn her.
Collins says wearing shoes and shorts – no shirt, and at 4:45 in the morning, he started heading toward her house, then started kicking the door, trying to get inside.
“I screamed as loud as I could, ‘get off my porch. I have a gun. I will shoot you.’ And he stayed at the door,” explained Collins. “I’m like, ‘Get off my porch. I have a gun. I will shoot you.’ He didn’t move, so I opened the door and there he was standing 5 inches from the barrel of a loaded .357.”
Toledo Police arrested Kyle Caldwell, who’s 31 and from Temperance, Michigan.
Collins says she didn’t shoot him after what happened not far away on Douglas last month.
A homeowner there shot and killed a 24-year-old who was also attempting to get inside.
Instead of spending the night in the hospital, or worse, Caldwell is spending the night in jail.
Meantime, Collins says she’ll be resting easier inside of the place she’s called home the past 13 years.
“I’m not moving. This is my home,” said Collins “That’s what the second amendment’s for. I’m going to continue to protect my home.”
Caldwell is set to be arraigned tomorrow morning.
By the way, Collins says she’s working on getting her PH.D. from The University of Toledo in Criminal Justice. …
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I think things like this happen more often than we know due to a reluctance to report them. Of course, before going on the news like she did, you have to wait for the police to confirm that the person isn’t part of a gang and that they expect he will be in jail for a long time. Even if he gets out right away, the criminal owes her his life and if he’s smart he will spend the rest of it thanking her.