March 22, 2014
FROM the way police entered the house—helmeted and masked, guns drawn
and shields in front, knocking down the door with a battering ram and
rushing inside—you might think they were raiding a den of armed
criminals. In fact they were looking for $1,000-worth of clothes and
electronics allegedly bought with a stolen credit card. They found none
of these things, but arrested two people in the house on unrelated
They narrowly avoided tragedy. On hearing intruders break in, the
homeowner’s son, a disabled ex-serviceman, reached for his (legal) gun.
Luckily, he heard the police announce themselves and holstered it;
otherwise, “they probably would have shot me,” he says. His mother,
Sally Prince, says she is now traumatised.
Gary Mikulec, chief of the Ankeny, Iowa police force, which raided Ms
Prince’s home in January, said that the suspects arrested “were not
very good people”. One had a criminal history that included three
assault charges, albeit more than a decade old, and on his arrest was
found to have a knife and a meth pipe.