Woman beats off intruder with baseball bat

| 29/03/2018 | 83 Comments

(CNS): A Bodden Town woman who returned home at lunchtime Monday found a masked man in her bedroom but she managed to give him a couple of good whacks with a metal baseball bat and called 911, which caused him to run out of the house. The 44-year-old woman, who is just 5 foot, 2½ inches tall, said the intruder was 6 foot 5 inches and muscular. He had dark skin and she thought he was about 24-28 years old. He wore a diamond stud earring, which she could see because his left ear was sticking out of the ski-mask, and he was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black short pants and white sneakers.

Describing the experience to CNS, the woman said that she got to the house at 12:59pm and thought that something was wrong because the top lock of her front door was off and she knew that she had locked it, but there was no sign of a break-in.

She called her mother and talked to her as she walked around the house, the phone in one hand and the bat in the other, to check for an intruder, including her bedroom, where he must have been hiding. But she didn’t find anyone and after finishing the call to her mother, she threw the phone on her bed as she was going back into her bedroom.

But then she saw her bedroom door move and knew the intruder was behind it. He grabbed her by her arm but she stepped back and managed to get free. The woman swung the bat at him, aiming for his head, but hit his front left shoulder blade instead. Then she grabbed her phone, called 911 at 1:05pm and put the call on speakerphone, telling the operator what was happening.

As the 911 operator was urging her to get somewhere safe, which she said was impossible at that point, the intruder turned to get out of her bedroom and she swung the bat at him again, this time walloping his right shoulder from the back. The woman said he slipped on the way out but then got up and ran out the front door, which she had left open.

She then went to get a machete and stood by the door until the police arrived, by that time more angry than frightened, she said. “If he comes back in the house you’re going to find out who he is because I’m going to kill him,” she told the 911 operator.

The woman praised the operator, who she said answered her call instantaneously and immediately said he was sending help. The police arrived at her house three minutes after she called, the RCIPS helicopter was there in ten minutes and the police forensic team arrived 45 minutes after she called.

However, she described the experience as traumatizing, and when she tried to get to sleep that night, every time she closed her eyes, she saw his face — at least until she got herself under control, she said. She told CNS, “I’ll never forget his eyes; they were full of fear and desperation, and I know he would have hurt me.” She is certain that calling 911 when she did is what saved her.

He was much bigger than her and looked like he worked out, and could have easily overpowered her, she pointed out. “He could have raped me; he could have killed me,” she said.

The woman thanked God for giving her the courage to fight back, and also that she wasn’t wearing her high heels at the time.

“It was me or him,” she said.

The RCIPS has confirmed the incident and said they would be issuing a release later today.

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  1. KY says:

    RCIPS been stepping up of recent.. I’m always the first to call them out on their BS; however, I must admit the new management appears to be better than the old..




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Have you heard that baseball bats are flying of the shelves at stores throughout Cayman.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Finally there is someone worthy of an honour at Heroes Day




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a very good ole strong Jamaican woman to me. I have recently seen pictures of these women beating men and trust me they are good. Seems like they are working their way up. They were in Spotts Newlands then out front of Northward now Bodden Town. Seems like the same thieves. Recently heard of a hard working man who on return to his yard noticed his front window broken. Lots of jewelry stolen and his house ramsacked. If he was still in the house he would have definitely been caught but not alive. These scumbags need to get some ambition and work. We need to stop blaming Police. After all not defending them but it is impossible to control their ambition, they prefer to steal more than work. They are out everywhere begging as well. By the George Town Hospital is a famous place, and even recently by Hurleys the famous Diabetic man with his sorrow stories of being diabetic. Tired of these scumbags…




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    • Anonymous says:

      She’s definitely not as you pictured in your mind. She’ more like “Wonder Woman” without the costume. Mild mannered until you ruffle her feathers, then watch out! Oh and by the way… she’s from the Brac! I know I’m married to her.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    I say Good job lady! Some quick thinking on her part and the guy ran with his tail between his legs! She gave a good description of the guy as well. The people are fighting back!




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  6. Nancy says:

    Sad part is the prison is full. Even if caught and convicted, the criminal is back on the street robbing the poor and middle class people. This cycle is a bad for our country and bad for the world to read. I hope the new Governor gets a hold on this before it gets any worst.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Beat him [email protected]@syeah!




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  8. Keen observer says:

    I am happy that he didn’t hurt the lady and I am sorry she missed his head with the bat.

    These punks breaking into people’s houses and terrorizing them, wished she had pounded him until he was unconscious because the police are useless, they will not catch him.

    They wouldn’t be able to solve their way out of a wet paper bag.




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  9. Anonymous says:

    We need to be honouring these brave citizens. Give her a medal she’s a real hero with much more mettle than most of those posted in Hero’s Square. Bet she could teach the RCIPS a thing or two.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    Good for you Lady, glad you are safe. Think of this, best weapon people keep a can of Baygon spray, shake well before going to bed, if they show up spray into their eyes and keep moving till you get away.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    The quality of policing and the perception of them as a deterrent is downright appalling.
    I can imagine the Governor calling Alden’s sorry behind for a meeting and Alden’s reply, “We need more police.”

    No, we don’t need more police, we need the ones we have to do their damned jobs.

    This new police chief seems to be a clone of Baines.




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  12. MM says:

    I am very pleased to read about this brave lady today; she surely stood up for herself.

    My only worry now is that these criminals will start feeling “threatened” once the community starts fighting back in this fashion and they will prepare themselves with more knives, guns and weapons and attack with no remorse under these circumstances leading to an innocent victim being seriously injured or killed.

    This burglary situation is just completely out of hand and something more has to be done to prevent this; police have to get out in force, on bikes and on foot as well as their cars and start patrolling residential neighborhoods daily – armed!




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  13. Mokes-for-all says:

    All I will say is “Framing Hammer” – every home should have one – one blunt end, one sharp end – easier to swing in close confines than a baseball bat – just another diy tool lying around the house – “I grabbed the first thing I could lay my hands on, Your Honour….”. If you have a baseball bat and you do not look like a baseball-playing person, then it can be construed that you have kept it with the deliberate intent of using it as a weapon; but a hammer – you can even carry it in your car without fear of reprisal. Just put it in a tool bag with a bunch of nails.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    Good on you Lady!




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  15. West Bay Premier says:

    Now here’s a Woman with a baseball bat and balls , wish there were more like her . Then these worthless scumbags would think a 100 times before they do such things . That shoulder shot should have landed a little higher up to the neck or throat .




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    • West Bay Premier says:

      I think the only thing that was wrong with her actions , is that she should have learned how to hit fast and curved balls more precisely .




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    • Anonymously says:

      A woman with a baseball bat and balls ???! 😐 ooooookaaay




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      • West Bay Premier says:

        Yes a woman with a baseball bat and balls, meaning she had a baseball bat and balls , nerves ,guts to use it , not physically balls.




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  16. Fake News Caymanian says:

    I think it’s time our legislators need to start reviewing our laws of self protection, allowing people to have the right equipment to protect themselves. I’m not saying firearms, there are several options of no lethal weapons.
    As spear gun licenses, you would have to apply and be approved, the government could have approved businesses of sales, just like when we go to the pharmacy, we’d have to show we paid for a license.
    Just a thought.
    We’ll font to this lady for having the courage to fight off this burglar.




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    • Anonymously says:

      For all you know, our Law would have this poor lady charged for unreasonable force!

      Imagine, an intruder comes into your house, has memory of your face, and you don’t know if he’s planning to come back – to rape or kill! But … you have the other FEAR of being punish if you should ever consider your using force to protect yourself!




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      • Anonymous says:

        She would never be convicted in the circumstances…




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      • Concerned citizen says:

        We don’t need more police officers what we need is that the ones we have do their job and love the island as their own country and not only to wait for that cheque every month……..also they need to learn manners how to approach people on the road.




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    • Shhhhhhhhhh. says:

      Sorry 1.25pm not a lot going to change there as Cayman is constrained by UK law and the slightest thing you do to harm a criminal will be classed as “Excessive use of force.” You home is not your castle, unlike certain states in America, where you can even shoot trespassers or intruders on sight. When citizens are not properly protected from criminals, the “excessive use of force …..” is total BS. The rights of citizens to self defense is more important than the rights of criminals on or in your property!




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      • Jotnar says:

        Can you cite a single case in Cayman where a householder was charged with excessive force in dealing with a burglar? The only case that I can remember even approaching it was that chap who shot one dead and no charges brought.




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  17. Anonymous says:

    That is the fastest that a description of a criminal has appeared in the media. How many 6’5″ burglars are there that are ‘known to the police’. Odds are he is one of the 85% of criminals released from prison after serving only a fraction of their time under the ridiculous Conditional Release Law.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Prison is full; haven’t you heard? We have no choice but to let the animals out because our government would rather build an unnecessary/unwanted cruise ship dock instead of a big ass prison to house these animals!




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      • Anonymous says:

        Too true that. On top of that waste we are spending millions every year on completely meritless appeals filed one after the other on behalf of murdering scum that are already locked up. Simply requiring them to at least have some valid basis before launching an appeal would pay for both a proper prison and proper rehabilitation for the few that want to turn their lives around.




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  18. Anonymous says:

    Respect to the lady with the bat! Disgust for the prosecutors who fail to prosecute these home invaders and disgust for all the politicians who have failed to do anything to get these criminals off our streets. Look at the back issues of the local papers. Multiple burglaries are happening every day but there have only been less than 5 convictions for burglary in the past 3 years!!!!




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    • Anonymous says:

      You may want to double check court records. Not every burglary conviction is reported in the local media.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Neither are most burglaries. Reported burglaries outnumber reported convictions dozens if not hundreds to one. – BTW – the court does not publish burglary conviction statistics – too embarrassing I suspect.




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        • Anonymous says:

          If you really wanted to know, you could always go through the cause lists which are published daily and work it out for yourself. Or put in an FOI request.




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  19. Anonymous says:

    Finally a story worth reading. Hurray for this lady! I am sorry she went through this but I am just thrilled to hear how she handled herself, the telephone operators prompt response and the police turning up on time. I hope he took enough of a blow that he has to make it to the hospital so he can be identified and, if his luck continues, he ends up with some nice bracelets. Just not the ones he was looking to steal but the kind you need keys for.




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  20. Anonymous says:

    Bravo to that lady. I do not know who she is but she has my respect and admiration.

    It is time that self defense, baseball and machete classes should be started in all district civic centers. That is the only way to handle the thugs that are running rampant in our communities.




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    • Anonymous says:

      10:31am, our problem in Bodden Town, is caused by too many from elsewhere, coming into the district. I have never seen more garbage walking the streets. Drifters, criminals and drug users.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Yes…4.55am ageee 10000000%. Instead of building more roads, putting out endless cement and all the usless crap that is going on.. our MLA’s get out there and do your job and find out who these useless scums are that are walking and driving around 24/7 looking for an opportunity…………




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  21. Anonymous says:

    Too bad this headline did not read: Woman kills intruder with baseball bat. Nevertheless great job lady – Little axe chops down big tree!




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  22. BELONGER says:

    Oh how I wish she had floored his ass to the ground with that machete or baseball bat, allowing Churchill to come and collect him.

    Good job Madam. You kept yourself safe – which was the most important thing to accomplish under the circumstances.




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  23. Anonymous says:

    This lady acted very appropriately due to the circumstances. She’s right that the guy could have overpowered and assaulted her. Fortunately, most criminals are cowards so when she fought back and called Emergency Services he hit the road. If I were her, I would get an alarm system and take a few self-defense lessons.




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  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank you and well done to the brave lady in Bodden Town. I never felt the need to learn how to fight back before but I do now. It is sad to say but we are now paying the price for being too soft on crime.

    Does any one know if there is an Aikido club or Aikido classes on the island? I know a senior citizen lady from Canada who took up Aikido as an exercise regime. Part of the training involves the use of a wooden sword that sounds like it would be just as good as a baseball bat if you know how to use it for exercise and other things.




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  25. Anonymous says:

    Good job sweetheart! Unfortunately you didn’t finish the job. Job well done all the same! Only wish you had a 38 caliber available at the time though




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  26. Anonymous says:

    The lady deserves a medal and a thank you from every law abiding person on these islands. The two licks she got in is more punishment than this criminal would get in the very unlikely event that he is caught and sent to the Northward Hilton for the usual 2 weeks less time off for continuing to breathe.

    With the rampant crime and the loss of security we have even within our own homes, I have found that baseball and gardening are a useful distraction so I keep at least 2 baseball bats and well sharpened machetes in my house just in case an opportunity to use them comes up.




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  27. Anonymous says:

    And Cayman just signed with AirBnB. It’s only a matter of time before this happens with an AirBnB guest. So now what? Do we have to equip them with baseball bats upon arrival?




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  28. Cayman X says:

    Its really sad what this place has come to??? Yet we have the largest police service in the region per capita with an enormous budget to match.What it does, it speak volumes about our leadership and those incharge.




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    • Anonymous says:

      A lot of officers are here for the joy ride milking the RCIPS




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      • Anonymous says:

        Milking us more like. Just like the politicians, the dock, the CIG and all the others sucking the life out of the public purse. Our money from all the duties and fees we pay being thrown around like confetti at a wedding.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Policing only gets you so far. The fact that the police showed up so quickly shows that they are getting their acts together. IMHO the people who are contributing most to the failure to lock these scum up are the politicians who are too lazy to improve our soft on crime laws and the prosecutors who refuse to prosecute these criminals or drop the cases half way through.




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      • Anonymous says:

        In fairness prosecutors can only do a good job when the police and witnesses give them some good, factual evidence to rely on. They have nothing to work with otherwise.

        I also blame family and friends of the culprits who know so much, say so little, and then stand around saying how sad, what a shame every time something goes down. They even go church… smh.




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  29. Anonymous says:

    A baseball bat and a machete? That sounds like a well prepared lady to me. Well done ma’am 😉




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  30. Anonymous says:

    I think it was the bat not 911 that saved you. Now if you had a gun in a safe lock box, we would all know who this criminal is and there would probably be one less lurking around the corner.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Or the criminal got his hands on it and game over for the hero lady.




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    • Anonymous says:

      yeah… just you wait there Mr Criminal. Hang on one minute whilst I go to my safe lock box, find the key, fiddle with the numbers under extreme pressure, get that glock out, find the magazine, load it with bullets, load the weapon, get the round in the chamber, take aim at his head, pull the trigger… S**t… forgot the safety catch was on… you just wait there one more minute will ya, I’ll have your head blown off in just a second. Killing people isn’t my day job you see – all a bit new to this game. I work in a supermarket for my day job, normally don’t go around blowing peoples brains out. Just stand still will you whilst I have another go.

      Don’t talk such utter crap.




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      • Anonymous says:

        If she had the right to carry the invader would be DED tho!




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      • Anonymous says:

        That is the problem, In Cayman we live in the same gun fetishist bubble that the US is in, everyone here thinks guns are the solutions to problems when in actuality they should be the last of resorts used when your back is against the wall
        Everyone down here thinks if they could only just get their hands on a gun they would be the James Bond-esque solution to crime
        It is a very dangerous mindset to have and we need to break out of it




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      • Belle Starr says:

        I say there, Mr. 11:26: “Don’t talk such utter crap!”




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      • Anonymous says:

        11.26am… I understand exactly what you are saying. That is: the few of us that do have a gun… it’s locked in a safe – therefore it’s not really any good to us.. unless the crook is going to wait until we get it open. What a mess we got.

        And the authorities say the police is here to protect us….. here again unless the crook is willing to wait until we call the police and wait until they get to us – the police cannot protect us. What a joke this whole scenario is. People we have to do what we have to do. Ok… protect ourselves.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Forget the lock box , a side arm is needed in these parts




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  31. Anonymous says:

    Thing is, I don’t own a baseball bat. The first thing an intruder will meet at my house is a very sharp machete.




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  32. Anonymous says:

    Bravo lady! Well done!




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  33. "Anonymousir" says:

    everyone should suck up their fear and fight back. these criminals are more cowards than you. fight the dumb fools. kick them, punch them, beat them with whatever. DEFEND for what is yours people. SELF DEFENSE is not a crime (FIGHT BACK) .. GOOD GOING Madam! Well done!




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    • That person says:

      Unfortunately in Cayman self defense can be classified as a crime if you use “unreasonable force”. If she had killed him the only part in her favor was that she is female and a lot smaller than the criminal. It isn’t fair nor is it safe but that is the way things are here. Kudos to her though! She deserves a medal for teaching at least one criminal a thing or two.




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      • Anonymous says:

        So why don’t of elected officials change that – they could easily create a statutory absolute defense for people in their own homes defending themselves from violent and potentially violent intruders. Is the criminal lobby that big?




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      • Anonymous says:

        Kill them and worry about “unreasonable force” later on.




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        • "Anonymousir" says:

          im with you on that …. if they come in my house, might be the last time they were ever on earth …




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    • Anonymous says:

      I used my machete on two in my yard and I will do it again. The police asked if they were hurt? I told them, find them and ask them. The saying goes, every cock crows on his own dongle. Keep up your good works.




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