Indiana grandparents Patricia and Martin Roth defended themselves and their granddaughter after suspect Benjamin J. Dillon attempted to kidnap their grandchild.
What are the details?
The incident took place last week in the middle of the night.
According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Dillon, 37, broke down the family’s door and attempted to abduct their six-year-old granddaughter.
The sheriff’s office said that Dillon told the Roths that he was “taking the child.” Dillon reportedly told the grandparents that the girl was his daughter, and that she was being “raped.”
The Roths weren’t giving their granddaughter up without a fight, however: they physically held him off and forced him out the door, restraining him until the police arrived. When police arrived, a visibly agitated Dillon reportedly screamed that he would fight every officer and kill them. Authorities were able to eventually subdue Dillon, and handcuff him. He still insisted on kicking at screaming at officers.
Officers said that when they arrived on the scene, three stun guns were ineffective at subduing Dillon.
The Roths said that they believed Dillon was high on drugs during the incident.
Authorities charged Dillon with burglary, intimidation, and resisting arrest. He is being held on a $75,000 bond and has been enrolled in a substance abuse program.
The young girl was not harmed in the incident, according to reports.
Patricia Roth told WTHR-TV, “I was sound asleep in my bedroom and this guy came kicking in and said, ‘You have my daughter!'”
“I was nervous,” she said. “Very nervous. I was shaking so bad. I don’t understand why he picked our apartment, I’ll never figure that one out.”
“I wouldn’t want him walking back in my apartment again,” Patricia added. “He will regret it the next time.”
Dillon told WTHR that the incident was nothing more than a “big understanding,” and said that he was looking for his own daughter.
“I was under the impression that maybe my daughter might be over there in that apartment complex,” Dillon explained during a jail interview. He added that he “wasn’t looking for anybody’s child but my own.” Dillon said that he hadn’t seen his own daughter “in a while.”
“I am truly sorry for coming to your apartment door, for waking you up,” Dillon said in a statement to the Roths during the interview.