Intruder wakes Marshall family early Thursday
A Marshall resident got a rude awakening Thursday morning, April 2, when she heard a beating on her home's front door at about 4 a.m.
Walking to the stairs to check on the situation, she saw a young man outside her front door, pounding on it so hard it was shaking.
She told her husband, who went downstairs. She followed and glimpsed the young man through her kitchen window as he walked along the side of her house.
Her husband went outside, and shortly thereafter she heard scuffling and screaming. It was then that she started to look for her phone. Unable to find her landline telephone, she used her cell phone to call police, using 660-886-7411, the non-emergency number, instead of dialing 911.
Somehow, she said, the young man made it through the a door before her husband did, and he succeeded in locking her husband outside of their home.
"So, it's me and my little girl in the house with this guy we don't know," she said.
Still on the phone with police, she woke her daughter and told her to be quiet, shutting her daughter's bedroom door behind her. Under the bedroom door, she saw lights flickering on and off as the young man flipped light switches.
"And then, I hear this big 'boom,' and the house shakes," she said, when police officers kicked in her front door. Hearing them identify themselves and run up her stairs, she reported to the dispatcher, to whom she was still speaking, that the police had arrived.
"The next thing I see is the door fling open, and all I see is faces, guns and flashlights."
She told officers the man was not in the room with her. The officers then moved on to the next room, which was across the hall from her daughter's bedroom.
"That's where they found him hiding behind the door. And I hear them yell, 'Marshall Police! Put your hands where we can see them! Get down! I will shoot!' and I thought, 'Oh, my God!'
"... To me, the guy was there to hurt us or steal something. I don't know. I didn't know what he was doing, I didn't know why he was in our house, it's four o'clock in the morning, my husband's not in the house. I don't know if he's outside, if he's hurt, if he's stabbed, I don't know. So then my husband came into the room, so I felt better, and the next thing I know is they got the kid in handcuffs and they're taking him out of the house."
The 24-year-old male used to live in the house, she said.
"It didn't take very long" for officers to arrive once she called, she said. "It was, like, 15 minutes. To me, it felt like an eternity, because I was scared to death. My little girl was scared to death."
[Editor's note: The time elapsed from the moment the officer received the call to arrival on scene was less than one minute, according to police.]
Police officers made sure each family member was safe, and then the paperwork began. The limited early-morning light made it difficult to finish all necessary paperwork then, but they came back at about 7 a.m. to take photos and finish up. At that time, they found the young man's cell phone, shoes, socks and belt.
"I'm not real sure what he was doing," the woman said.
She concluded, "The Marshall Police Department was absolutely wonderful. They were professional and wonderful, and I appreciate what they did.
"Even though, at the end, the kid wasn't there to hurt us, he just was confused, I didn't know that, and they took care of us very, very well."
The woman and her husband were acquainted with the young man's mother and declined to press charges. The young man is currently in the process of being released, said Assistant Police Chief David Rocher.