Douglas Brown Jr. (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
MONTGOMERY, OH (FOX19) -
The mother of two small children endured a nightmare encounter over the weekend when a stranger slipped into her home through an unlocked rear window and confronted her for money.
Luckily, the suspect - a fugitive out of Union County north of Columbus - was only after a ride out of town, Montgomery police said Monday.
He did not verbally threaten her or harm her inside her Pfeiffer Road home about 3 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Greg Vonden Benken.
The victim did exactly as she should have, police said. She turned over $200 in cash, and the suspect left without incident after he was inside the home about an hour, police said.
"She felt like for her own protection and safety and with her children there she had to give him whatever assistance he was requesting," the sergeant said. "She is very fortunate that this guy didn't mean her harm, which was obviously the most important issue. If they are asking for money or property, you would want to give them that to them so they leave. Unless you are trained in defensive tactics, I couldn't recommend trying to apprehend someone like that."
The suspect, Douglas Alan Brown Jr., 46, of Columbus, was arrested a short time later, about 6 a.m. at the BP gas station on Pfeiffer Road near Interstate 71.
He was charged with burglary, unlawful restraint and obstructing official business. Police say Brown gave them a false name in an attempt to avoid apprehension. He has been wanted on a Union County burglary charge.
His bond was set at $20,000 when he made a brief appearance in Hamilton County Municipal Court on Monday.
The case goes to a grand jury for possible indictment Jan. 20.
The stunning incident is prompting police to reach out to residents and business owners and remind them to check all windows and doors and make sure they are secure and locked.
"It is safe to live in Montgomery, but if you are on a fairly busy roadway anytime somebody could walk up and try your doorway," Vonden Benken said. "It could be in Indian Hill or Montgomery or Blue Ash. She is absolutely very fortunate that there was no harm done."