Thursday, September 27, 2007

bad story with a good ending . . .

yesterday i was on my way home from doing some errands while the big girls were at school. i was stopped at a stop light (only 4 more till i got home). i was about the 3rd car back . . . and i was in the far left lane for going straight. i happen to notice that there is a car stopped right next to me in the left turn lane and realize that there aren't any other cars in front of this car. so i look over to see why they are stopped next to me when they could have pulled up at least 2 car lengths. well . . . little did i know i was going to be looking over to find a nasty . . . i mean very nasty . . . a very large nasty man doing something that he should not have been doing . . . and showing me something that i absolutely did not want to see (thank you land rover for making your cars so tall that i am sitting up so high i can see into every car around me)! i'm trying to as least graphic as possible and so i'm guessing you might be able to figure out what he was doing. so anyway . . . the light turns green (thank you god!) and i start going straight. i happen to look up in my rear view mirror and see this nasty man getting out of the turn lane and deciding to go straight! of course now i really start to get grossed out and freaked out . . . tell my sister-in-law i have to get off of the phone so i can call sean. i realize that this guy is probably trying to follow me so i turn right onto the first street i came to and drive around through a residential area for a few minutes hoping to get away from him. after i think i have driven enough . . . i start to head back home and find this car again and he has turned around and it coming back in the direction of the street that i had turned down. it just so happened that when i called sean to tell him what is going on . . . there happens to be a NOPD officer right by him on the street (thank you again god!). so he flags him down to tell him what is going on and he puts a call on the radio and tells sean to have me call 911. so i get off of the phone with sean and call 911 to tell them. it isn't even half a second after i get off of the phone with 911 that there are NOPD officers on every street in our area with lights and sirens on searching for this car! i see sean on a street near me and we meet at home and he gets in the car with me because we didn't want to park my car in front of our house in case this nasty man didn't get caught. after we get in the car together we are about half a block down the street from our house and we see another NOPD officer and we flag him down to tell him we were the ones who put the call in and at this moment . . . he gets a call on the radio and they have a guy pulled over who's vehicle matched my description! so he tells us to follow him because i needed to come and identify the vehicle and the person. so we go to the crime scene (i always wanted to say that!) and sure enough it was definitely him. and since it was him i had to give a report and all of that. sean had to leave to pick up the girls from school so i had to stay with the NOPD officer that we had followed over there. well come to find out . . . this nasty man is someone that the NOPD has been trying to hunt down for a long time for numerous burglaries in the area! while i was sitting in the officer's car waiting for all of this to be over . . . i had about 4 other officers come up to me and personally thank me for making the call and help lead to the arrest of this guy. and the captain of the NOPD came out to the crime scene and came over to the car i was in to tell me that he was so thankful i made the call and that the people in our area owe me the biggest thank you because he has burglarized several houses in the area . . .and some more than once!

so the moral of the story . . . never hesitate to call the police if you see something that sin't right! you just might help more than you realize!

2 comments:

holly said...

That is just crazy and outrageous. Sucks you had to go through that, but good job reporting it. My step-mom went through a similar situation in Harrison a couple of years ago. There are sickos everywhere.

shawn said...

Wow!! Yuck! Scary! Good for you!