Laura Bolen's 2-year-old dog alerted her and her boyfriend to an armed stalker in her home early Thursday. According to Kalamazoo County sheriff's investigators the man broke into Laura's home armed with a knife and duct tape and hid in her bedroom.
Laura had gone to a hockey game with her boyfriend, a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer, on Wednesday night. She left her miniature Schnauzer, Oreo, in his crate while out. The pair returned to her Texas Township home at 1:30 a.m and when Laura went to let out Oreo out, she noticed a dog biscuit in the crate that she had not put in there.
Laura told MLive that she immediately knew something was wrong by the way Oreo was behaving. "The second I opened the crate, he ran out barking like he does at strangers," said Laura. Oreo ran barking downstairs to her basement and her boyfriend followed. Moments later he shouted at her to call 911.
Fortunately, her boyfriend had an off-duty hand gun and restrained the man until police arrived. Police took the man, who appears to be a co-worker of Laura's at the US Post Office, into custody. Investigators also said they found a GPS tracking device in her car, likely equipped by the man.
The co-worker appears to have been stalking Laura for some time. He is being held in custody pending his arraignment.
"I'm always really nice and really trusting, and it doesn’t pay to be nice," Laura said. She is shaken from the ordeal, but thankful to both Oreo and her boyfriend for coming to her rescue. "If Oreo hadn’t gone downstairs, I would've gone right to bed and thought everything was alright," she said. Laura has had Oreo since he was a puppy and he is considered a member of the family.
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