A Fenton Township mother is still frightened after an early-morning incident at her home on Moffett Drive on Saturday.
The woman, 29, who did not want to be named for safety reasons, was home alone with her three children under age 5 while her husband was away on a fishing trip when she said someone tried to break into her home.
Sgt. Richard Lee, of the confirmed an incident took place around 2 a.m. on Saturday at the residence.
The woman said her family had fallen asleep together after watching a movie and awakened to the sound of a man with a metal stick trying to enter their house. He had broken their door lock and was yelling. The only thing that stopped him from getting inside was a piece of wood she'd used to prop the door, that was two inches shorter than the sliding glass door, she said.
The man was talking about salvation and told her to "let the demons out," and made threats to rape and kill her if she wouldn't open the door, the woman said. She told him he had the wrong house and to please leave but he refused, she said.
"I knew that we were in danger, my life and my kids," she said.
She called 911, the woman said, and ran with her children out the front door to a neighbor's house. Police arrived soon afterward.
"This is a big deal, and I don't think I'm ever going to be the same," she said.
A young man is in custody, and an appointment is scheduled for Monday afternoon with a prosecutor, Lee said. The man has not been charged, and he's not able to discuss other details at this time, the sergeant said.
This time of year, a lot of men are off on hunting and fishing trips and their wives are at home alone with the children, the woman said. She encourages families to lock their doors and take precautions.
"Even though we live in Fenton, there's things that happen," the woman said.
She believes the man should make restitution for the damage he caused to their house, and that he should be charged with more than breaking and entering. Her leg has a bruise from where he hit her with the metal stick, and damage to the house included a broken door lock and outdoor light fixtures, she said.
The woman doesn't know if the man was drinking beforehand, she added.
"I could care less if he was under the influence," she said. "People go and have drinks and people don't act like that. If he didn't hurt us, he's going to hurt someone down the road.
"I have no sympathy, because he had no sympathy for us."