A Florida woman scared off a home intruder with her son’s toy gun Monday night, the Sun-Sentinel reports, screaming “I got a gun! I got a gun!” after waking up to find the masked man in her bedroom.
Jane Rainboth said the suspect immediately turned and fled in terror.
“I guess if somebody tells you they’ve got a gun, you don’t want to stick around to find out if it’s real or not,” she told the paper.
Rainboth reportedly chased the man down the hall and outside as he ran, calling 911 for assistance as soon as she was able.
When police came, they, too, apparently mistook the toy weapon for the real thing.
“Lady, put the gun down!” they shouted, before she explained it was only a pellet gun. For those not familiar, the Sun-Sentinel describes it as “barely harmful enough to hurt a squirrel.”
NBC 6 relates that police found patio screen cut and a sliding glass door broken open when they investigated her home.
The suspect was found nearby, and has been identified as 27-year-old Roland Stuart Jr. He has been placed on a $75,000 bond.
“I think I scared him more than he scared me,” Rainboth reflected. “Even though it was a toy, it gave me the confidence to run after him and scare him away. If I hadn’t had it, I probably would’ve just stood there.”
She continued: “I think everybody needs protection. I felt very vulnerable — I don’t ever want to feel that way again.”
Watch the complete Sun-Sentinel interview, below:
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