Man grabs intruder
Waking up to a stranger creeping around the house is everyone’s worst nightmare.
But one Herne Bay man wasn’t about to let an intruder get away easily.
The man, who asked to be named only as Steve, chased a youth he discovered in his Herne Bay house and restrained him with the help of neighbours arrived.
Steve and his wife had just got into bed around 10pm on April 4 when he noticed a light in the hallway.
He first thought it was from a car on the street but realised there was someone in the house when he spotted it again.
His young children were asleep in their rooms.
‘‘I just started yelling at him to get out of the house,’’ he says.
The intruder fled out onto the street and Steve ran after him.
‘‘I was saying ‘ I’m going to get you’, and he was yelling back ‘ stop chasing me’.’’
‘‘I caught up, jumped on his back and pulled him to the ground.’’
‘‘I didn’t think of the conse- quences if he’d had a knife or something.
‘‘I was family.’’
A neighbour heard the noise and came and gave Steve a hand to restrain the intruder.
Another neighbour appeared and recognised the culprit as the same person who’d entered a different property through the front door earlier
my that evening.
‘‘Apparently he said ‘I’ve got the wrong house’ and left,’’ Steve says.
Residents later discovered that other people nearby had reported break-ins on the same night.
One of Steve’s children slept through the whole incident but another woke up when police arrived.
The incident is a reminder to stay vigilant and not be hesitant about reporting suspicious behaviour, Avondale Sergeant Craig Cartwright says.
‘‘Some people think there’s someone up to something so they call their husbands or the neighbour - call us.’’
A 16-year-old Western Springs youth is facing two charges of burglary in connection with the incident.
Nasty shock: A Herne Bay man discovered an intruder in his home late at night.