This Michigan Home Invader Thought He Was Safe, Until He faced an 11-Year-Old Girl

An 11-year-old Michigan girl was home alone when a car she did not recognize pulled into her driveway. A man got out of the car and knocked on all the doors. When the little girl did not answer, the man broke into the house. The child retreated to a bathroom closet, armed with a shotgun.

According to, the man took a number of valuables from the house. Eventually, he made his way to the bathroom, where he forced his way first through the bathroom door, then the door of the closet where the girl was hiding.

Imagine his surprise when the 11-year-old pointed a shotgun right at him.

The suspect fled, and the little girl was unharmed. Thirty minutes later, police located the man’s vehicle and arrested both occupants. James Wasson, 53, and Rhonda Steward 31, both of Detroit, were arrested and charged with first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion, and burglary tool possession. Wasson was also charged with receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000, felon in possession of a firearm and firearm with commission of a felony.

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A woman who identifies herself as “April F.” commented on the incident in a Facebook post. She also made reference to some of the questions and criticisms made by others who commented.

The young lady in this story is my niece. She will be 12 next month. She was only alone for about 40 minutes, she isn’t normally alone. She was on the phone with her dad, and then 911 the entire time this was happening. She has taken gun safety courses and has a safety certificate. She knows how to shoot because her dad taught her. Thankfully she was unharmed, and does not have to live with the memory of killing someone. It’s bad enough that she is extremely traumatized over it.

I noticed that the story right below this one said “mother and son killed in home invasion”. Maybe if they had been armed, their lives would’ve been spared also. I’m proud of niece, and my brother for teaching her how to shoot!

Detective Sgt. Jason Parks, who is with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department, had only praise for the 11-year-old. He said that she and her father were avid hunters, and he added that she had handled a very difficult situation with composure that would have been difficult for most adults.