Ballantyne Area Grandmother Hides Under Bed as Burglars Break Into House

by Glenn Counts / NewsChannel 36,

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Two burglars are in jail thanks to a grandmother who was able to put her fears aside long enough to help police.

The crime happened Tuesday, but even now the 58-year-old trembles when she picks up the phone that she used to call 911.

“I kept thinking this is how I’m going to die!” said the victim.

The woman didn’t want to be identified.

Police say Tuesday afternoon Damal Digsby and Dandre Morrison rang the doorbell of her Ballantyne area home.

The victim got suspicious and instead of answering she ran to an upstairs window where it appeared the men were about to drive away, but then they came back.

“Then one on the passenger side got out slow and put on a grey toboggan on his head… I knew that was it,” said the victim.

The 58-year-old then squeezed under her grandson’s bed while calling 911.

“I was begging them to come help me. All of a sudden I heard the door bam in, and I said ‘They’re in my house! They’re in my house!'” the victim recalls.

The suspects went upstairs looking for valuables, but fortunately they didn’t stop in the room.

“I just thought they were going to kill me. I was begging for my life praying to myself,” said the woman.

She never heard the suspects leave.

The woman did hear an officer call out Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

“I just held him. I got a death grip on him and would not let him go. He was an angel in a black uniform with wings that’s the best way I can describe him,” the victim said. 

The woman got a good look at the suspects’ car and their faces.

She was able to give police a good description and officers caught the suspects off Colony Road after a brief pursuit and foot chase.

Published in: on January 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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