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Victim of a Crime

Updated on January 16, 2011

This Happens to Other People

Never in a million years would I have guessed I would become a victim of a crime. About 14 years ago, my then fiancee and I were Christmas shopping. It was a long exhausting day, so we decided to get a room for the night.

We had just carried our things into the room, locked the door, and were preparing to unpack. Just then, we heard a noise, coming closer and closer to our room and getting louder. We looked at each other and said, what's that? My boyfriend said, I don't know, and proceeded to unlock the door. (dumb move, isn't hindsight wonderful?) He didn't even finish taking the chain off when the door was shoved open and we were confronted with a gun-wielding man, a large man if I recall, with some kind of covering on his face (neither of us remember the details) demanding our money, jewelry,,,I was so taken by surprise I couldn't speak, scream or anything. I was paralyzed with fear. So, we emptied our wallets, gave him what jewelry we had, and he then made us get on our knees and crawl to the bathroom.


All I could think was, my God, I will be leaving my children orphans, is this how my life ends? will it be fast? will he rape me? will the shots hurt?,,,,,,so many things. The whole time he was there he would repeat over and over, don't look at me, as I felt the cold steel of the gun on my neck.

The Ordeal Ends

We slowly proceeded to crawl to the bathroom, all the while fully expecting to hear gunshots. Once inside the bathroom, we held on to each other for dear life, and listened, waiting for the final curtain,,but nothing. We stood for what seemed an eternity, and still nothing. We slowly opened the door to find the room empty. He had fled.

We immediately called the front desk and told them to call the police, we had been robbed. Finally the police arrive and take our information. Between us, I think we had maybe $5 in change left. We loaded our car, went to the front desk and asked for our money back. The (not a nice word) person, says to us, you're not going to stay? WHAT?? Was he out of his mind?

End Result

The perpetrator was never caught. The police never followed up on our information, because, as they stated in a letter sent to us, they felt we were pulling a hoax for insurance money!!! Which of course, we were not. They gave, as part of their reasoning, that because our descriptions of the perpetrator not seeming to match, they chalked it up as a hoax. Didn't bother to take into consideration the fear factor, that we couldn't have put a coherent thought together in those moments following the attack if our life depended on it (no pun intended).

I can only thank the powers that be that I am still alive to speak about it.


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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi willywagtail,

      I have long since moved on, as this happened back in the mid-90s. Not only from the experience, but from the then fiance.

      I can't say that I actually processed it all, quite honestly, I think I just buried it and never looked back.

      I have been in fear for many different reasons throughout my life, but that will always remain the most horrifying moment I ever experienced.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment :)

    • willywagtail profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, what a scary experience. I hope that you have been able to deal with this somehow since then. This sort of stuff definitely needs to be processed so that you can move forward in your life. I wish you and your husband all the best. Such a scary scenario that the fear response would most likely be very common.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Consider yourself fortunate. Somehow we mortals think we are invincible, and that bad things happen only to other people. That is so not true.

      Thanks for commenting.

    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, I have seen I survived. I too have thought 'how amazing these people are!'.. I think too that I am glad that nothing like that has ever happened to me.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi sweetsusieg,

      Yes, it was not a fun evening, by any stretch of the imagination. After the clerk asked, stupidly, whether or not we were staying, we asked for the money back and he did give it to us.

      I don't know if you've heard of the show I Survived. I watch that show every now and then and think my God, people have survived worse things than what I experienced. The survivors give reasons why they felt they survived, but if I were asked that question, I would be at a loss for words. While it was occurring, I sure wasn't thinking strategy since I was paralyzed with fear.

      Thanks for commenting :)

    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      How sad for you! Having never gone through that sort of thing I can only imagine the fear that you felt. I hope you at least got your money back for your hotel room!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi muley,

      My guess is he would have forced it open somehow.  Maybe not with a gun so as not to draw attention to what was going on, but who knows?  What puzzles me is how he singled us out.  All I can think is he was just sitting in the parking lot watching people come in, and maybe the fact that my fiance had a brand new Blazer was what turned him on.  He probably figured we had a lot of money or something.

      This is not an experience I wish on anyone.  It was horrifying.  I don't know if it's because we played it smart or not, but we certainly had a guardian angel watching over us that night.

      Thanks for stopping by muley :)

    • muley84 profile image

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      I wonder what might have happened if you didn't unlock the door, would he have shot at the lock? It sounds as though he was pretty determined. Glad you were smart and cooperated, it saved your lives.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks very much K.D., so am I :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • K.D. Clement profile image

      K.D. Clement 

      9 years ago from USA

      What a scary experience! Glad you survived.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks KCC.

      So am I, or I wouldn't be sitting here. To this day, I marvel at it, because, since I do happen to love watching true crime shows, I've seen way too many with the opposite end.

    • KCC Big Country profile image


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Oh My!  That is horrific!  And then to suffer the indignity of someone deciding it was a hoax!  I'm glad you survived this ordeal. 

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments :)

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      Lily Oceanna 

      10 years ago from NC

      wow. that is scary. :[

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      How horrible - I'm sorry you had to go through that. =(

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Sounds like a perfect setup for the perfect crime:  a brilliant predator who knows that two physically and emotionally vulnerable people who are threatened and humiliated this way will never be able to agree on the facts of the assault, and police investigators who use the victims' conflicting accounts as the reason for not pursuing the case.

      I am so sorry this happened to you.


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