Army veteran dad, Mike Oliver, was outraged to discover a man in his Livonia, Michigan, home. Allegedly, the intruder had followed his teenage daughter from her school bus stop, as reported by Fox 2 Detroit. Oliver saved his daughter.
The Army veteran recalled: “The door’s staying open. Then, I heard her talking. I get up, I go to the door, and there’s a guy in my door.”
Oliver’s daughter sensed danger after leaving the bus, noticing a persistent watcher following her. The situation escalated when a man approached her at the front door, inquiring about her parents and entering the house with her, as reported by WXYZ.
Fortunate for them, Mike Oliver had been patiently waiting in the living room for his 15-year-old daughter’s return from Franklin High School. Spotting a man in his thirties who had followed his daughter, Oliver promptly confronted him, demanding an explanation for being on his property.
Instead of responding, the suspect opted to make a quick escape from the house. However, Oliver wasn’t about to let him slip away effortlessly. His getaway was short-lived. The Army veteran swiftly pursued the man, later identified as 27-year-old David Roberts of Livonia, according to the police.
The dad swiftly intercepted him on his lawn, engaging in a fierce struggle before the intruder could take another step.
He explains: “Grabbed him by his hair. He was like an alligator just twisting, and he got away. He ran around the corner.”
Undeterred by the suspect’s initial escape, Mike Oliver, a protective father, took immediate action. He trailed David Roberts in his truck, aided by his 19-year-old son and neighbors, while simultaneously contacting 911.
Shortly after, a team of police officers swiftly apprehended David Roberts in a nearby backyard. He faced charges of breaking, as well as assaulting a police officer.
Although his bond was set at 10 percent of $100,000, the Army veteran dad believed he received a lenient punishment.
He said: “He could’ve been laying there on the ground today. This could’ve been so much worse for him. But, this isn’t about being right, it’s about doing righ.”
While the teenager is physically unharmed, the incident has left her deeply frightened and unwilling to attend school. Cindy Oliver, the mother of a Franklin High School 10th grader, expressed concerns about her daughter’s safety, as she hesitated to attend school due to fear for her life.
In light of the incident, everyone is urged to stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Walking with a friend or group is advised, such as reporting suspicions to adults, or calling 911. If feeling threatened, running is encouraged. Let’s remember this crucial reminder as we face the presence of potential threats around us.
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