Brave 14-year-old girl arms herself with steak knives and scares away intruder

Brave 14-year-old girl arms herself with steak knives and scares away intruder, 58, who broke into her home where she was alone with her 12-year-old sister: Career criminal was out on bail at the time

  • On Friday morning, police say Joseph Ridge broke into the Middleborough home of Avery Cormie, 14, and her 12-year-old sister while they were home alone
  • Avery was awoken by Ridge and she bravely confronted him with two steak knives 
  • The terrified teen called 911, asking the dispatcher if she can ‘call her parents really fast,’ but she remained on the line 
  • As Ridge fled Avery recorded his truck which Middleborough police said led to his arrest 
  • Ridge was apprehended shortly after and charged with aggravated breaking and entering during the day, trespassing and disorderly conduct 

A brave Massachusetts teen girl was able to scare away an intruder who broke into her house while she was alone with her sister with a pair of steak knives. 

On Friday morning, 58-year-old Joseph Ridge broke into the Middleborough home of 14-year-old Avery Cormie while she and her 12-year-old sister were home alone sleeping, according to Middleborough Police.

Avery was awoken by Ridge as he allegedly attempted to burglarize the home and she bravely confronted him with two steak knives, she told WCVB.com

‘He just kind of ran out of the room and then stood there… and I was like ‘get out of my house!” she said. 

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‘He just kind of ran out of the room and then stood there, he kind of backed up and then I was there and I was like ‘get out of my house!” Avery (pictured) said

On Friday morning, police say Joseph Ridge (pictured) broke into the Middleborough home of Avery Cormie, 14, and her 12-year-old sister while they were home alone

On Friday morning, police say Joseph Ridge (pictured) broke into the Middleborough home of Avery Cormie, 14, and her 12-year-old sister while they were home alone

Ridge, described by police as a 'career criminal', was out on bail at the time of the alleged break-in and was apprehended shortly

Ridge, described by police as a ‘career criminal’, was out on bail at the time of the alleged break-in and was apprehended shortly

After that Ridge fled the home and Avery recorded his truck as he backed away from the driveway. 

The terrified teen then called 911, asking the dispatcher if she can ‘call her parents really fast,’ but she remained on the line.

‘I’m just really scared,’ she tells the dispatcher who tries to keep her calm. ‘I got him out of the house. I scared him. I took a video of his truck leaving so I have his license plate number.’ 

Middleborough police said Avery’s quick thinking and recording of Ridge’s truck led to his arrest.

Ridge, described by police as a ‘career criminal’, was out on bail at the time of the alleged break-in and was apprehended shortly after and charged with aggravated breaking and entering during the day, trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said.

Middleborough police said Avery's quick thinking and recording of Ridge's truck (pictured) led to his arrest

Middleborough police said Avery’s quick thinking and recording of Ridge’s truck (pictured) led to his arrest

Ridge was apprehended shortly after and charged with aggravated breaking and entering during the day, trespassing and disorderly conduct

Ridge was apprehended shortly after and charged with aggravated breaking and entering during the day, trespassing and disorderly conduct

The terrified teen called 911, asking the dispatcher if she can 'call her parents really fast,' but she remained on the line

The terrified teen called 911, asking the dispatcher if she can ‘call her parents really fast,’ but she remained on the line

‘I would like to commend the courageous actions of this girl. Even in the midst of an extremely scary event, her bravery assisted us in identifying the man believed to be responsible for breaking into her home,’ Chief Perkins said in a statement. 

‘I would also like to thank the Middleborough Police dispatcher who took the call and officers who responded for their kindness and compassion when responding to this incident, and the State Police for assisting us in apprehending this individual,’ Chief Perkins added.

‘The suspect in this case is a career criminal who was arrested after terrorizing a 14-year-old girl in her own home. Hopefully his arrest this time will bring this known felon to account for his crimes.’ 

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