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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 3:21 p.m.

Resident hides in bathroom while house is broken into

By Kyle Feldscher

An Ypsilanti Township resident whose home in the 700 block of North Redwood Avenue was broken into Sunday night hid in the bathroom while the intruder was in the house, according to police.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the incident, which occurred at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The resident was home and hid in the bathroom until the person left, according to police.

The suspect was only in the home for a short period of time and there was no report of anything stolen, according to police. No injuries or assaults were reported and a K-9 unit was called in by police to search for the suspect.

At this time, no arrests have been made, according to police.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

I always find it very strange when somebody takes the time and risk to break in somewhere and doesn't take anything. I wonder if the intruder was looking for something specific and did not find it.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 3:24 p.m.

Retreating to / hiding in the safest place in one's residence IS the proper strategy. But - as taught by experts - having a suitable firearm in hand while hiding is also essential. Having a flashlight and a cell phone always available are also essential. The reason is simple: there's no way to accurately assess the state of mind or intentions of strangers who have invaded your home. Leaving it "up to them" whether or not to harm defenseless occupants is a recipe for tragedy. People are aware that there's little chance of experiencing a home invasion - and that is the main factor in the lack of preparedness. This plays a role in the thinking of home invaders too: they know there's little chance of encountering a fully secured residence with properly trained and armed occupants - so that particular crime rate continues unabated. Loose talk about confidently confronting an intruder or intruders is just that. Such boasting only gives a false impression and it's obvious to observers that the braggart is a braggart - and not a wise or convincing one. Anyone who claims they would not be afraid in such circumstances obviously has never had the experience.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:16 p.m.

...When seconds count, the police are only MINUTES away...


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:26 a.m.

I might hide in one of my bathrooms, (lock the door) but would have my hand gun and cell with me. Glad to hear there were no injuries or an assult.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:04 a.m.

This is why I'm training my cats to be attack kitties. Intruders beware! They bite your ankles. It's good to be more aware of defenses and surroundings when you live alone. I keep my phone next to my bed and it's also good to have your car clicker. Hit the alarm button if you hear someone breaking in, call 911 and yes, do hide in the bathroom. I know I will be, with my terrified cats.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:42 a.m.

That's why I set my alarm entry sensors when I'm home.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

Did this really happen? "The suspect was only in the home for a short period of time and there was no report of anything stolen," Nothing stolen?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:08 a.m.

Whoa, I heard this on the police scanner last night and was thinking how scary that must be. Glad the resident is OK; as someone who lives alone this is something I tend to worry about.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 10:50 p.m.

Good for him! No dead heroes in that house. I never could understand people confronting a burglar. Why risk it, especially with the drugs that can turn a housebreaker into something much worse when cornered. Good job!!