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Teen [female, 5'3, 110 lbs] deters crime by hog-tying intruders
Cox News Service via Drudge ^ | December 13, 2002 | Cathy Mong /

Posted on 12/13/2002 12:33:36 PM PST by aculeus

GERMAN TWP., Ohio -- A petite 17-year-old, irate after seeing three men running from her home in the wee morning hours Tuesday, sprinted outdoors barefoot, clad in pajamas, outran one of the trespassers, tackled and straddled him, then hog-tied him with a rope until police arrived minutes later.

Melissa Alexander, a high school junior, said her training in track and running bases for the varsity softball team came in handy, as did her ability to handle horses, which she cares for at her family's property.

As a result of the young woman's efforts, 18-year-old Jason N. Burkett, 18, was apprehended, said German Twp. Police Chief W. Lew Wilcox.

Also arrested were Trestan B. Stamps, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile.

The two 18-year-olds were charged with theft and criminal trespassing in Miamisburg Municipal Court. Both will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The juvenile is expected to face charges in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Wilcox said. A fourth person has not been charged.

Burkett was charged in September with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, and was being screened by Montgomery County Prosecutor's Diversion Division.

German Twp. police were called after Melissa's cousin, 21-year-old Jennifer Alcorn, saw a vehicle pull up slowly in front of the driveway, back up and stop. Three men jumped out and ran up the driveway, where the family's four cars were parked.

Alcorn, staying with Melissa's parents while her house is being built, went upstairs to alert her aunt, Vickie Stanley.

"I told her just to flick the lights on and off a couple of times" to scare off intruders, Stanley said. "Then I crawled back into bed."

Melissa, now awake, followed her cousin downstairs, and both heard noises. The teen opened the garage door and said someone running away.

"That's when my daughter took off after him, ran about 300 feet and tackled him on the grass," Stanley said.

She described her daughter as 5'3 and 110 pounds, "a little bitty thing." Police described Burkett 5"10 and 140 pounds.

"I felt violated," Melissa said. "The only thing running through my mind was, 'how dare you?'

Her mother said that Melissa yelled and asked her to bring a dog leash. She grabbed a lunging rope, used to exercise horses.

"(Melissa) tied his right hand and wrapped it around his neck and held him down until the cops got there," Stanley said. "She had it all under control."


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1 posted on 12/13/2002 12:33:36 PM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Police described Burkett 5"10 and 140 pounds.

Send him to Oz. I'm sure Schillinger will have some fun with him.

2 posted on 12/13/2002 12:35:37 PM PST by ambrose
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To: aculeus
Awesome! She may have a rodeo career is she's inclined.

And the humiliation for the perp. LOL!
3 posted on 12/13/2002 12:41:21 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: aculeus
Way to go girl! You may have just started a new rodeo event: PERP WRESTLING!! Just like steer and calf wrestling, but no horse. Just chase 'em down on foot, rope 'em and tie all four legs to...tie their hands and feet together in 7 seconds flat.
4 posted on 12/13/2002 12:55:07 PM PST by cake_crumb
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To: aculeus
Personally, I think she should be prosecuted for violating the perp's civil right to steal.
5 posted on 12/13/2002 12:56:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: swarthyguy
"Awesome! She may have a rodeo career is she's inclined."

This is the first time that I have heard about a midnight rodeo with a burglar-roping competition.
6 posted on 12/13/2002 12:56:12 PM PST by No Truce With Kings
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To: swarthyguy
You beat me to it! Great minds ;- )
7 posted on 12/13/2002 12:57:54 PM PST by cake_crumb
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To: dighton; Orual; general_re
Hog-tied ping.
8 posted on 12/13/2002 12:58:15 PM PST by aculeus
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To: cake_crumb
...and don't forget to brand him.
9 posted on 12/13/2002 12:59:07 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
She should have called the police and waited for them to arrive.
10 posted on 12/13/2002 12:59:24 PM PST by ambrose
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To: aculeus
I think I'm in love!
11 posted on 12/13/2002 1:00:12 PM PST by Coop
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To: aculeus
PICTURES, please!
12 posted on 12/13/2002 1:01:02 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: aculeus
If I'm Jason's dad,I beat him to a pulp for letting that girl have his way with him....(kidding of course).
13 posted on 12/13/2002 1:01:34 PM PST by oust the louse
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To: oust the louse
Why kid. Somebody needs to pound the crap out of him. If his father had done that in a timely fashion, maybe he wouldn't be where he was.

So now, he gets to show up in prison as the dude who let some little girl tackle him, tie him up, and turn him over to the cops. That's a great rep. Big Bubba and his friends will just love him to death.

14 posted on 12/13/2002 1:07:45 PM PST by blau993
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To: Bonaparte
"...and don't forget to brand him."

How about banding him too?

15 posted on 12/13/2002 1:17:15 PM PST by cake_crumb
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To: Coop; aculeus
I think I'm in love!

If ya meet her, treat her REAL nice.

;-)

16 posted on 12/13/2002 1:20:06 PM PST by dighton
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To: ambrose
From a standard of safety, yes. From a standard of human dignity, no. If more people treated preditors this way (or simply shot them) there would be far fewer preditors. And that would be a GOOD thing.
17 posted on 12/13/2002 1:20:31 PM PST by Rifleman
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To: aculeus; dighton; Orual
"(Melissa) tied his right hand and wrapped it around his neck and held him down until the cops got there," Stanley said.
18 posted on 12/13/2002 1:45:49 PM PST by general_re
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To: No Truce With Kings; cake_crumb; GirlShortstop; CARepubGal; NYC GOP Chick
I would like to see American rodeoettes lassoing swishy saudi men for fun and profit.

It'd be fun to see Jewish New Yorker babes learning the fine art of lassoing robed keffiyah wearing swishsters.

Vince McMahon, you need something since the crash of XFL.
19 posted on 12/13/2002 1:49:14 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: veronica; keri; Alouette
Re #19 - whaddya think? Any photoshop/adobe creations?
20 posted on 12/13/2002 1:53:07 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: aculeus
Not to be pedantic - well, OK, to be pedantic - it's "longe line," not "lunge." Durn city-slicker reporters.

The kid's lucky. In this part of town it costs big money to get tackled and hog-tied by a purty lady...

21 posted on 12/13/2002 1:54:26 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: aculeus
Rope Control Inc. issued a statement shortly thereafter that people are "26 more likely to use a rope to tie up a loved one than an intruder. Therefore, a civilized society has no choice but to ban rope."
22 posted on 12/13/2002 2:08:53 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: swarthyguy
"I would like to see American rodeoettes lassoing swishy saudi men for fun and profit."

You might be on to something there....can they do it in Saudi, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen? From Apaches?

23 posted on 12/13/2002 2:09:29 PM PST by cake_crumb
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To: aculeus
Noticing the town's name, could an alternate title be "Kin sits on purp's Hiney?" (Beer joke alert)
24 posted on 12/13/2002 2:15:19 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: aculeus
Of all the people that deserve to have their picture in a newspaper,or on TV, they stiff this girl who did something POSITIVE in her life.
25 posted on 12/13/2002 2:21:58 PM PST by Pagey
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To: ambrose
She should have called the police and waited for them to arrive.

Yep, that's what the sheriff told me when I chased a perp one night.  I didn't catch him, he managed to get in his car and out run me.:)

Of course what I told the sheriff was this.  All you are going to do is fill out a report, if I had caught him he would have been here when you got here.

WarHawk42

26 posted on 12/13/2002 2:29:45 PM PST by WarHawk42
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To: aculeus
Now, see? If she'd had a gun, she wouldn't have had to get her feet dirty! (-:
27 posted on 12/13/2002 4:36:33 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Rifleman
From a standard of safety, yes. From a standard of human dignity, no. If more people treated preditors this way (or simply shot them) there would be far fewer preditors. And that would be a GOOD thing.

The best essay ever written on that topic: A Nation of Cowards

Excerpts:

Crime is not only a complete disavowal of the social contract, but also a commandeering of the victim's person and liberty. If the individual's dignity lies in the fact that he is a moral agent engaging in actions of his own will, in free exchange with others, then crime always violates the victim's dignity. It is, in fact, an act of enslavement. Your wallet, your purse, or your car may not be worth your life, but your dignity is; and if it is not worth fighting for, it can hardly be said to exist.

[snip]

It is impossible to address the problem of rampant crime without talking about the moral responsibility of the intended victim. Crime is rampant because the law-abiding, each of us, condone it, excuse it, permit it, submit to it. We permit and encourage it because we do not fight back, immediately, then and there, where it happens. Crime is not rampant because we do not have enough prisons, because judges and prosecutors are too soft, because the police are hamstrung with absurd technicalities. The defect is there, in our character. We are a nation of cowards and shirkers.

[snip]

One who values his life and takes seriously his responsibilities to his family and community will possess and cultivate the means of fighting back, and will retaliate when threatened with death or grievous injury to himself or a loved one. He will never be content to rely solely on others for his safety, or to think he has done all that is possible by being aware of his surroundings and taking measures of avoidance. Let's not mince words: He will be armed, will be trained in the use of his weapon, and will defend himself when faced with lethal violence.


28 posted on 12/13/2002 4:41:14 PM PST by Dan Day
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To: Coop
I think I'm in love!

You too, eh?

29 posted on 12/13/2002 4:41:52 PM PST by Dan Day
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Personally, I think she should be prosecuted for violating the perp's civil right to steal.

Hehehe, no kidding. It's a joke today, I wonder how long untill this is being really debated in the papers.

30 posted on 12/13/2002 5:11:25 PM PST by bob808
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To: aculeus
I think that, during his jail term, Mr. Burkett's going to regret having been captured this way.
31 posted on 12/13/2002 5:21:15 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Dan Day
I think I'm in love!

You too, eh?

Make that three.

32 posted on 12/13/2002 5:26:13 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Rye
One of my co- workers and I just read this.... Make that 4 and five! What a gal. Anyone going to contribute to Mr Burkett's "Soap on a Rope" fund!
33 posted on 12/13/2002 5:44:45 PM PST by cavtrooper21
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To: Bonaparte
"...and don't forget to brand him."


Might as well casterate also.
34 posted on 12/13/2002 5:46:51 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: aculeus
110 pound 15 yr old female, ties up 140 pound 18 year old male.

This ought to put an end for awhile to claims that America's youth are too fat. Doesn't anybody FEED these kids in Ohio?

PS for every fat KID that I see around, I see about a dozen that look emaciated...

35 posted on 12/13/2002 5:47:33 PM PST by crystalk
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To: r9etb
I hope this guy took a serious blow to his self esteem.I'm sure all his friends will be laughing about him getting hog tied by a girl.Hilarious!
36 posted on 12/13/2002 5:49:01 PM PST by Drippy
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To: aculeus
You go girl!
37 posted on 12/13/2002 5:55:17 PM PST by FreedomCalls
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To: Rye
4.
38 posted on 12/13/2002 5:56:19 PM PST by gitmo
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To: aculeus
Fiesty Cowgirl bump
39 posted on 12/13/2002 6:55:13 PM PST by Owl4USA
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To: cake_crumb
<> LOL! Great idea, and what a spunky young lady!
40 posted on 12/13/2002 8:33:53 PM PST by Humal
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To: aculeus
My favorite sotry of the day, although this could have been a dangerous manoever for this young lady. But it does lift your spirits to read about this kid. I recommend a career in the airlines for her because she would take any s##t from a hijacker.
41 posted on 12/14/2002 9:30:45 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: aculeus
Assult with a deadly rope. Bring her up on charges.
42 posted on 12/14/2002 9:34:59 AM PST by cynicom
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To: aculeus
Oh baby! The next time there's a fracas I want her for backup.
43 posted on 12/14/2002 9:40:44 AM PST by LibKill
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To: Our man in washington
*LOL* Ain't that the truth!
44 posted on 12/14/2002 9:45:55 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: aculeus
I saw her on tv this morning. She's a pretty little thing,too. The funny thing is the boy threatened her by saying something like "My father is the best lawyer in town,and he's going to sue you for hurting me." I'm thinking Mr.Macho here is NOT going to have a fun time in juvenile detention.
45 posted on 12/14/2002 10:27:50 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: ambrose
She should have called the police and waited for them to arrive.

Absolutely. This is Vigilantism at its worst. People like this gropw up and buy guns.

So9

46 posted on 12/14/2002 11:09:56 AM PST by Servant of the Nine
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To: aculeus
BUMP
47 posted on 12/15/2002 2:56:38 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Desdemona
ping
48 posted on 12/16/2002 2:04:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Pong.

Great story.
49 posted on 12/16/2002 2:06:06 PM PST by Desdemona
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