Woman, Child Hid in Closet As “Intruder” Walked in their Home


JACKSONVILLE, FL – The St. John Sheriff’s office last night responded to a call for a woman and child hiding in a locked closet as an intruder was in their home.  Deputies responded to the call and found the woman and her child safely hiding in a closet, but found no evidence that another person was in the home.

Upon their arrival, the door to the home was deadbolted and police had to breach the door to gain access.

“SJSO Deputies were called to an apartment residence by a woman with a child who was hiding in a closet afraid that an unknown male was in her residence,” the department said. “Upon arriving on-scene, deputies did not observe anybody standing outside the door. They also noticed the windows were intact and the door was dead-bolted shut. Fearing the unknown suspect was locked inside the residence with the occupants, Deputy Eddins utilized a breaching tool to make entry into the apartment.”

Sheriff’s deputies then cleared the residence to find it empty.

“The residence was cleared and the only people located inside were the woman and her child. It is unknown if an attempted burglary occurred due to a lack of evidence. That didn’t stop Deputy Lewis however from ensuring the woman felt safe for the rest of the evening,” SJSO said. “He retrieved some tools and bought supplies to quickly repair the damage created from breaching the door. She was gracious for the repairs so she and her child could sleep peacefully.”

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