Man invades home west of Cassville

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

73-year-old woman draws pistol, wards off would-be robber

A 73-year-old woman warded off a would-be robber early Wednesday morning after pulling a pistol on the man who allegedly broke through three doors to gain access to her home.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, a man wearing a hoodie broke through the garage doors of a home on Farm Road 1085, also known as Concord Lane, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

"The woman asked 'Who is in my house,' and he shined a flashlight at her," Epperly said. "That's when she drew a pistol, and the man fled to a nearby vehicle."

Epperly said the woman did not see the vehicle, so she could not provide a description. Later in the day on Wednesday, the homeowner discovered the man escaped with an unknown amount of frozen meats and tools that were being stored in the garage.

Epperly said detectives are working to pull fingerprints and footprints from the scene.

"We don't know what the suspect was after, but he must have known she was there because he came through the garage and her car was in the garage," Epperly said. "He could have been shot and killed, and in a situation like that where he broke through three doors, shooting him would be justified."

Cassville Police responded to the scene first, followed by two deputies who responded not long after.

"We are very appreciative of the Cassville police responding so quickly, because our deputies were a little far out of town at the time."

No one was injured in the incident.

Epperly asked anyone with information about the incident, or anyone in the area who may have seen the vehicle, to call the sheriff's office at 417-847-6556.

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  • That's a woman! She proves age and gender are no barrier when it comes to courage. She is wonderful. I hope they catch the guy soon.

    -- Posted by Jeanie Hayes on Wed, Feb 12, 2014, at 3:51 PM
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