What would you do if you heard your wife screaming in another room, only to find out that a man has her pinned to the floor?
Caleb Cart of Birmingham found himself in that situation a week ago Tuesday in the predawn hours of the morning.
His wife, Samantha Cart, had taken their new puppy for a walk around 4:30 a.m. When she cam back to the apartment complex, a man followed her into the unit.
“At first, I was just stunned, like, ‘Who is this in here?'” she recalled in an interview with Fox WBRC. “And then he pushed me and I fell right here in the hallway and he had my arms and was pinning me down.”
Caleb ran to see what was going on and found the man on top of his wife.
“I picked him up and he pushes me back in the bedroom. We push back and forth for a little while and then we started fighting,” Caleb said.
While her husband engaged the intruder, Samantha called 911. But would police arrive in time to help her husband?
“Then I remember we had our shotgun sitting against the wall, so I picked it up and grabbed it,” she said.Thankfully, Caleb had gotten the better of the attacker during the physical altercation and put the suspect on the ground. That’s when Samantha handed him the firearm.
“Standing there with the gun, I said, ‘If you move, I’m going to think you’re going to attack me again and I will shoot you. I have the safety off,'” Caleb said. “I showed him the rack in the slide and I told him, ‘That is how it’s going to be and we’re going to wait.'”
Nine minutes later the police arrived. Authorities arrested the suspect who has been identified as 36-year-old Michael Jones. Police charged him with first degree burglary. He is being held on a $60,000 bond.
Both Caleb and Samantha had some surprisingly kind words for Jones.
“I’m sorry that whatever in your life brought you to this point where you should hurt or rob people,” Caleb said. “Hope you find it in your heart to stop hurting other people to get your own way in life and best of luck when you get out.”
“I would tell him I’ll pray for him. If he came in here because he’s hungry or cold or whatever, I hope it gets better,” added Samantha.