A Pack, Not a Herd

It’s good to see that people in Alexandria can get things done, even when the police take almost 15 minutes to show up:

Hart caught him in a bear hug three blocks away about the time that O’Brien, who had run back to her house for handcuffs and was still barefoot, drove up in Boyd’s truck. They handcuffed Dean just as Alexandria patrol cars pulled up. Dispatchers registered Thorp’s 911 call at 5:22 a.m. Police were on scene at 5:35 a.m., Alexandria police officials said.

Babin’s children slept through the ordeal.

In the ensuing months, Dean has tried to call Babin collect from jail four times. Hart said there is a palpable sense of relief in the neighborhood now that he is no longer hanging around. And O’Brien’s son has a much clearer sense of what she means when she says, “Mommy catches bad guys.”

O’Brien, Hart and Boyd were honored for their actions recently by the Alexandria police. But they played down their roles. O’Brien said she is trained to deal with crime. And helping each other out is simply what neighbors do, they said.

O’Brien is a fed, but it’s a good deal when the neighborhood has a guy in custody before the police even get there.  A good lesson in this is not to leave your cell phone uncharged or out of reach.

5 Responses to “A Pack, Not a Herd”

  1. Cassie says:

    Exactly. That’s why my cellphone is usually on me, or near my purse (which i always know where it is). I can get to my cell phone usually in less than 5 seconds.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Just don’t expect the cell phone to save you. The police still took almost 15 minutes to show up for an active intruder in someone’s house. Not everyone has feds as neighbors.

  3. Bitter says:

    Not to mention, this woman had one phone near her, but he stole all of them before she ever heard him.

  4. Cassie says:

    but.. yeah. I’m keeping an eye out for creepy people. Plus my bedroom is against the bedroom of my new friend (the 13 yr old next door), so i can pound on that wall and wake her up probably. Not to mention the door locks i bought (chains for all doors, a lock for the bedroom and basement doors), and the “security” system – Window and Motion detectors for the downstairs.

  5. Sebastian says:

    What’s the 13 year old going to do? Chains on the doors and locks are good. They buy time. Alarms just tell you that you’re in a lot of trouble.