One night at around midnight a year ago, a man pulled into my driveway in an SUV. My driveway is quite large and loops around, and he parked with his headlights set to bright and pointed toward my front door. My front door was open with just a locked screen door between us.
Since it was close to midnight and he parked so strangely, I grabbed one of my handguns before heading to the door to double check that it was locked. I considered closing the the actual door, but if they were there to rob me, they already knew I was home. Plus, they could just be in need of assistance. I set my handgun next to the front door- close enough that I could grab it in under a second and out of view from the outside.
A man stepped out of the SUV which caused the interior lights of the car to turn on, and through the brights I could just barely see that he wasn’t alone. The man approached my front door and greeted me. I asked why he was in front of my home, and he said he was looking for a friend’s house. I advised that he wasn’t at the right place, and that he should continue on down the road to find the residential area he was probably looking for. He said he came from that direction, and reiterated that he was looking for a friend’s house.
He had a smartphone in his hand, so I suggested that he use it to call his friend for directions. He gave me an excuse about how his friend wouldn’t pick up. So I suggested he type his friend’s address into google maps and follow the directions to get there. He said he tried that, but he couldn’t get it to work. He asked me to come outside of my house, at midnight, to help him type an address into google maps.
I obviously refused. I said, “Look, bud, it’s almost midnight, I don’t know you, and you’re insistent that I unlock my door and come outside to help you with something a toddler could do.” He responded, “Hey, man. don’t call the police. I’m a military vet, and I just need some help. So can you please come outside and help me?”
Now, I feel I should state here that up to this point, the police had not been mentioned at all. So obviously, telling me not to call the police made me want to call the police.
I put one hand on my gun before informing him that I would be calling the police, and that he should leave before that happens. He started to protest, but I pulled out the gun and used the side of the barrel to close my actual door. I just wanted to show him that I was armed, but I didn’t want to escalate things further by pointing a gun at him.
He fled while I called the cops, but nothing ever came of it. Then six months ago, my neighbor ran into a similar situation (SUV/ multiple men), only he was asleep when they showed up. A man rang his doorbell close to midnight, he got up, and opened his front door without really looking to see who was there. As soon as he did, a man that had been standing to the side of the door out of sight, pointed a shotgun to his head and walked him back into his own house. He sat there for hours with a shotgun pointed at his head while multiple men robbed him. They didn’t shoot him, but they did clean him out. He lost everything- jewelry, cash, credit cards, guns, TVs, computers, you name it. They even made him give his PIN number, and drove to go test it while he was still being held at gunpoint.
I don’t know for sure that they were the same people, but if you wanted to get someone into position to pull that same maneuver at my house- knowing that the home owner was watching- blinding them with the brights of an SUV would be a damn good way to do it. -@ChokinMrElmo