YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The man who broke into a 72-year-old woman’s southside home by busting through the front window has been charged with burglary.
Alex Melton, 26, told police he was being chased when he entered the home.
Melton was arraigned Friday afternoon and bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.
It was on Wednesday night at about 8 p.m. when the elderly woman who lives on Ferndale Avenue, on Youngstown’s southside says she was forced to defend herself and her property from the intruder.
The woman was in her living room when she heard the front door rattle and saw a shadow walk past her front window.
Then she heard the glass break. The 72-year-old told police that’s when she rushed to her bedroom to retrieve her revolver, and began yelling, “leave me alone” and “get out of here!”
The homeowner says she feared for her life and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. The woman says she then pulled the trigger of the gun a second time and a shot was fired.
That’s when she called 911, and held the intruder at gunpoint.
She can be heard on the 911 tape telling the 26-year-old male suspect, “You better sit down! You better sit.” Then she asks 911 operators if they can hurry and get a police officer to help her.