An elderly man from North Carolina man, age 84, was not frightened to fight back and protect his wife and himself from a robber. On Thursday evening of last week, Neil and Bonnie Meisch heard a knock on their front door so Bonnie went to answer it. On the other side stood a stranger holding a gun and he demanded that she give him the keys to her car.
Bonnie told him that it would never happen and he responded with a yes it would. Then he proceeded to put the gun in her face. Bonnie yelled for Neil and the elderly man came running to his wife’s aid.
Neil stated that he saw the stranger standing in the doorway with the gun in his wife’s face. Bonnie moved aside and Neil yanked the door wide open. He struck the potential robber in the head and fell outside in the yard with him.
Neil, who was a military police officer in his younger days, took the bad guy down. He stated that he went after the man because he did not want him to kill his wife. He said he did not know what the man was going to do with the gun.
The suspect and Neil ended up wrestling around outside for a few minutes while Bonnie dialed up nine-one-one. Neil received a gash on one of his arms from where the man struck him with the gun but Neil did not complain. He stated that he had been rough all through his life, and he had not lost a battle yet.
He also stated he was proud of his wife except for opening the door. He said he told her not to do it before he got there with her. As for Bonnie herself, she declared that one of the police officers that arrived on scene said that he could not believe that an 84-year-old man had did all of what Neil had done. She said that she told him he should have known Neil back when he was 24.
Neil had to get 18 stitches in the wound in his arm later at a nearby hospital. Several Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies explained that the potential robber ended up being arrested only a few hours later in Montgomery County, North Carolina when he ended up getting into an automobile accident. Bonnie’s comprehensive description of him helped deputies connect the dots and identify him with ease.
Neil was not too frightened to fight back and he ended up protecting both his wife and himself from a potential burglar and from the possibility of a very tragic situation. On Thursday evening of last week, Neil and Bonnie Meisch heard a knock on their front door so Bonnie went to answer it. On the other side stood a stranger holding a gun and he demanded that she give him the keys to her car.
The elderly man from North Carolina defended his wife and himself very very well.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Daily Journal