A 79-year-old Georgia woman is speaking out after a 911 call was released earlier this week, that showed a young burglar chose the wrong elderly person’s home to break into.
NBC’s 11Alive reports that Gwendolyn Agard had no plans to speak publicly about a February 12 incident in which a naked Georgia man allegedly broke into her home with a rubber mallet. Yet, after she learned many people online called her a hero, she decided to talk about the incident and explain why she took control of the situation.
At around noon on February 12, Agard called 911 to report the break-in. While speaking to the dispatcher, she shot at the suspect with two guns, once with a .38 revolver and when that didn’t deter him, she pulled out her .45 revolver.
“I said, ‘motherf*****, if you come any further, you’re a dead son of a b****’,” Agard told the outlet on Thursday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the incident happened at Agard’s rural Jackson County home, off of the 5800 block of Highway 82. Agard explained to the 911 dispatcher she was at her kitchen near her back door and had a gun with her. When she heard loud noises, Agard threatened the alleged burglar, identified as 20-year-old Hans Rogers.
Homeowner: “I’m watching the door that they were trying to get in. Ooh, they’re breaking glass…OK, come on! I got something for you!” (gunshot heard)
911 Dispatcher: “Ma’am, listen to me…ma’am, what was that noise?”
The dispatcher tried to get Agard to calm down but was interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The woman informed the dispatcher that the gunshot didn’t stop Rogers who instead climbed to the top of the home from the back outside stairs and started making a ruckus.
“I’m just scared, Ma’am … Please hurry. Please hurry,” the woman pleaded. “Please, please dear God. Lord have mercy … please…”
Last Tuesday, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said that as the suspect made his way inside and down the stairs, the woman fired shots at him.
“As he started down the stairs, she fired toward the stairs and he went back up,” Mangum said, according to Athens Online. “I don’t know what would have happened if she didn’t fire the gun.”
The woman can be heard on the 911 call standing her ground and defiantly telling the intruder she would blow his brains out.
Homeowner: “I’m waiting on you, come on! When you come down those stairs I’m gonna blow your damn brains out!”
As Agard pressed the dispatcher to hurry and get officers there, the dispatcher told her to make sure she put her gun down before police arrived. The homeowner heard something upstairs and turned her attention to the burglar.
Homeowner: “Come on, punk! Come on down these stairs.” (gunshots)
911 Dispatcher: “Ma’am are you shooting at him again?”
Homeowner: “Yes ma’am!”
While speaking to 11Alive, Agard said she didn’t understand what the big deal was and why people were calling her a hero, but she chose to speak out in the event that her story helps another person in some way.
“When you live alone a long time, you get good at identifying noises. That’s the first thing of safety. And then, something hit that [back] door, ‘BANG! He didn’t have no pants on – he was naked!”
“I thought, ‘I couldn’t die without my children.’ And, I just got this burst of energy,” Agard continued.
Argard said when she shot at the burglar again, he ran back up the stairs. He hid in the closet, petrified of the elderly woman.
“B****, are you trying to kill me?” Rogers reportedly said.
“Ohhh, you finally got the message,” Agard replied.
Police arrived and arrested Rogers, and later said he was not on his prescribed medications that day. Investigators later learned that the suspect was in his mother’s car when it broke down around half a mile a away from the home. He abandoned the car and made his way to Agard’s residence.
The suspect has been charged with burglary and home invasion.
Agard said she didn’t want to hurt the man, but she was going to protect herself at all costs.
“I don’t know what his intention was, but I know what mine was if I had seen him.”
[Feature Photo: Hans Rogers/Police Handout]