Hiding in closet, girl, 11, scares off burglar with shotgun

NORTH BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old girl pointed a shotgun to scare off a man invading her home in Michigan's rural Thumb.

Lapeer County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jason Parks calls her a "very brave girl" who "held her composure" and helped investigators catch the 53-year-old intruder.

She was alone in the North Branch Township home Friday afternoon when the break-in occurred and hid inside a bathroom closet.

The suspect opened the door but fled when she pointed the shotgun at him. Authorities arrested him and a 31-year-old companion soon after in Imlay City.

James Wasson of Detroit was arraigned Sunday in Lapeer District Court on home invasion, burglary and firearms charges. Rhonda Stewart of Detroit was arraigned on home invasion.

She has no lawyer on record, and his lawyer declined comment Monday.

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