Woman Intruder Allegedly Attacks Our Reporter
When an outside door “popped” open into his bedroom just before 4 a.m. today, our reporter, Bobby Kroeker, woke up immediately.
Kroeker also works as the live-in maintenance man at the Garberville senior housing on Cedar street near Jerold Phelps Hospital. Although his partner, a Native American artist, was awake and beading in the next room, Kroeker could tell immediately this sound came from the outside door. “I see the door open about two inches. I see a foot come in,” he said.
“At first I was terrified, but then I was pissed off,” he explained. “It kind of dawned on me that she might have a weapon.”
He hollered and a woman’s voice immediately apologized and she moved off though he was able to see her through the glass pick up her backpack and leave.
He called 911 and described the woman. Unfortunately, the Sheriff’s deputy had to respond from Whitethorn and would take a considerable amount of time to arrive on the scene so Kroeker went looking throughout the property to make sure the intruder didn’t attempt to take advantage of any of the senior residents.He saw the woman intruder and attempted to keep her from leaving. He said this ended up being a “wrestling match.” They struggled for some time. Eventually, “she bit me,” he said, and got away but she left her “backpack, her purse, and medical paperwork.”
When law enforcement arrived a few minutes later, they were able to identify the suspect from her paperwork and started looking for her.
Meanwhile, Kroeker was taken to the hospital to be examined after the struggle.
The deputies were able to locate the suspect. “The Sheriff’s Officer comes in holding this lady by the arm and asks, ‘Is this the woman?’ Kroeker explained. He was able to identify her.
“She’ll be in jail for awhile,” he stated. The charges are “assault and battery, burglary, and [she had] two no bail warrants,” Kroeker said.