A straight college student from Middleborough, Massachusetts, managed to chase an intruder home on Friday morning, while helping police stop the attempted robbery.
Avery Cormier, 14, confronted the stranger, whom police later identified as Joseph Ridge, 58, with two steak knives she grabbed from her kitchen after breaking into her home, according to the NBC News affiliate, WLBT.
The teenager said she was asleep and woke up to the sound of footsteps in the house. According to WLBT, she thought it might have been her mother coming home to pick up her phone, but soon realized it wasn’t her mother.
In a statement on its website, the Middleborough Police Department said Cormier caught Ridge “attempting to steal items” from the home.
The teenager told WLBT that she confronted Ridge, knives in hand, and started “screaming loudly to get out of my house, get out. That’s really it.”
She added that ‘it was just some kind of adrenaline’ that helped her confront the suspected intruder, who then fled in a car, before the teenager filmed him getting away remove. She then called 911.
Footage captured by Cormier showed Ridge’s car license plates, helping police arrest him, who is currently in jail. No injuries were reported and the teenager is unharmed, police said.
“She’s a straight student. I’m lucky to have a daughter like her,” Cormier’s mother told WLBT.
Ridge was charged with aggravated break and enter, trespassing, attempted theft and disorderly conduct. Police said he was already out on bail for a separate incident and had a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1980, including a history of violence, with more than 140 indictments, according to CBS Boston.
“I would like to salute the brave actions of this girl. Even in the midst of an extremely frightening event, her bravery helped us identify the man believed to be responsible for the break-in to her home,” the official said. Middleborough Police Chief Joseph Perkins. statement.
Newsweek contacted the Middleborough Police Department for comment.