Friday, February 15, 2008

Neighborhood Manhunt

Just when you think you live in a safe neighborhood, something like this happens. Let me begin my story by telling you that I was not feeling well, so I tucked the kids into bed and I myself nestled into bed about 9:00 p.m. last night. At approximately 9:45 p.m. the telephone rang. Caller ID identified my neighbor, however, I did not answer her call, as I was half asleep after taking a dose of Nyquil. I figured she would leave me a message. Well, within minutes, I could hear the jet engines of a search and rescue helicopter hovering over the house shining their beeming, bright lights into our yard and surrounding woods. At that moment, I jumped out of bed and called the neighbor. "Stay in your house, lock the doors and turn on all outside lights", she instructed. The scanner they had been listening to was only giving out minor details of the situation. The phone chain between neighbors began and bits and peices of information started trickling in. An apparent search was on for a 42-year old deranged male about 6'2 with blonde hair and was taking place in my back yard and immediate surrounding areas! My kids were sound asleep through all of this - dog barking, telephone ringing, helicopter hovering, four wheelers zooming through the yard and surrounding properties with spot lights, Mason-Dixon Search Dog team on the prowl, etc. How was I to go back to sleep?? I was still drugged up on Nyquil feeling much like a zombie while I intently looked from the windows of the house hoping to see someone running for their life! Hugh was not too worried, as he fetched his own weapon to keep by the bedside. One can never be too safe! After one solid hour of searching from the air, the MD state police helicopter retreated because they were low on fuel. This is when the ATV's and dog teams were dispatched. We haven't had this much excitement in the neighborhood in, well, since I have lived here! Hugh fell fast asleep, but I could not rest thinking there could be a possible "killer" on the loose. I continued to "spy" out the window. It started to quiet down around 12:30 a.m. I noticed that the police and fire crews left the scene. BUT, what did this mean? Did they get their man??? The entire neighborhood went to sleep not knowing. By now, I guess you are wondering how this story ends? Well, come to find out....the man they were looking for ingested a lethal dose of prescription drugs and wandered away from his home not wearing any winter attire. With the freezing temps, and the amount of medication taken by this deranged man, police decided to seek the help of many outside resources to locate him! They finally found him within one block from his home at approximately 12:30 a.m. Paramedics treated him and gave him a court-ordered mental health evaluation. Here ends my excitement for the week... Let me know what you think....

3 comments:

Tracey said...

So scary. I would have had the same reaction as you and Brian would have been just like Hugh! Man, woman thing??

Living Life in PA said...

Tracey - It was sooo exciting. No, not a man thing AT ALL.

Anonymous said...

WOW ! What a 'dangerous' neighborhood, but then , aren't they all ? Proud of you for not going outside and being 'exposed' to who knows what...
Now that it is over, glad that your family is safe.....

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