Home invaders attempting to gain access to a Genoa WV home where thwarted by an alert mother December 12th.
A mother at home with her children at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning went to answer a knock at her front door.
“I’d been expecting a package, so I didn’t really think anything about it,” Jerrica Little said. “I opened the door, and it was a woman. She was dressed really nice. She looked like she came from church or something.”
Pulled up outside her home on Billy Branch Road in Genoa was a white van with a man sitting inside.
“She told me I’d been nominated to win Christmas presents for my kids,” Little said. “I told her that was really cool, and I asked her who nominated me. When I asked her that, she looked at me with a blank look and didn’t really know what to say exactly.”
According to Little, the well-dressed woman then waved at the man in the van. The man’s appearance, in contrast with that of the woman’s, set off warning bells for the mother.
“He stepped out, and he looked nasty,” Little said. “He was wearing bibbed overalls. He had dirt all over him. His boots were caked in mud.”
Then man then pulled out a paper bag that appeared to be empty. The quick-thinking mom decided something didn’t feel right.
“As soon as he did that, I was like ‘Never mind, you can give them to someone else,'” Little said. “Something felt off at that point. She was like, ‘No, no, we need to bring them inside.'”
When the well-dressed woman reached for the handle on the glass front door,
“I knew something was going on, and I freaked out a little bit, and I closed to the door as fast as I could and locked it,” she said.
Then Little ran to where she keeps her gun and dialed 911, meanwhile the man from the van began to beat on her front door.
“My heart kind of dropped,” she said. “I was crying.”
The mother told the people outside her home that she had a gun and had called the police. The would-be home invaders took their cue and fled in the van.
Little says she will be keeping her gun nearby in case the criminals decide to return.
“I feel like they were maybe trying to steal Christmas presents or scope out the inside of my house,” she said. “You never think that’s going to happen out here in Genoa.”
Fortunately for this mother, she had exceptional situational awareness in order to perceive the threat for what it was and not fall for the pretense to gain access to her home, and her children.
Additionally, she did not fall into the trap of fearing rudeness. When she felt something was wrong, she acted swiftly, without hesitation.
This is an excellent reminder to those of us armed protectors this holiday season to be aware of potential predators. If it doesn’t feel right, listen to that voice in your head.
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