Thursday morning didn’t start off well for Mary Mister, 61. At approximately 2:30 a.m. she jerked awake after hearing a noise. She tried to ignore it, but the sound kept nagging at her. After a few moments, she decided she wouldn’t be able to fall back to sleep if she didn’t check it out, so that’s exactly what she did.
She didn’t expect to find herself face to face with a man who had a hammer in his hand and who swore he was ready to use it on Mary if she did anything to try to stop him from robbing her home.
“She told me she was asleep and when she woke up the guy stood over her with a hammer and said ‘Don’ t you move’. He got up and put her on the floor and said don’t move,” Mary’s husband, George told members of the press.
When he realized Mary believed him, Mary told the police he than proceeded to throw a sheet over her, most likely to conceal his identity. Once she was covered, he went through the house, taking jewelry, televisions, and anything else of value he was able to find. It’s estimated he left the house with approximately $9,000 worth of the Mister’s personal property.
“They got her purse and ID and credit cards and everything,” George Mister said.
While Mary was able to get through the home invasion without any physical injuries, the entire experience was psychologically scarring. Her husband, who got home approximately 15 minutes after the home invasion took place, reports that the ordeal left her traumatized.
“When I came home from work about 4 o’clock, I opened the door and saw stuff on the floor and I thought something happened to my wife and I said ‘Mary, Mary’. She was in the room here crying,” said Mister. “I wanted to call police but I didn’t have a phone. He took everything, phone, TVs, I’m just so upset right now,”
Mary Mister reports that she still doesn’t know how the man managed to break into their home. Local police are examining the house in an attempt to determine the point of entry. In a blitz approach, the rapist uses a direct, injurious physical assault which subdues and physically injures the victim. The attacker may also use chemicals or gases but most frequently makes use of his ability to physically overpower a woman. Interestingly, despite its simplicity,
Mary described the assailant as a slender man in his 30’s who was wearing beige Nike shoes that were tied with bright orange shoelaces.
“I’m so glad this story doesn’t have a tragic ending, like so many other home invasion stories do,” Joe and Martin, a managing personal injury attorney at Myrtle Beach, said when he learned about Mary Mister’s ordeal. “The best way to handle a home invasion is to do exactly as Mary did, to let comply with what the burglar told her and let him take her stuff. As a result of her letting the thief do as he wished. Mary is alive and physically unharmed.”
If you have been injured during a home invasion, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the individual who broke into your home. Contact us to learn more about your legal options.