ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) - An Ann Arbor woman and her father are terrified after a gunman broke down their door Tuesday in the middle of the night.
Kendyl Kerch, 19, and her father Kerry woke up at 4 a.m. to find a man in their apartment on South Main in Ann Arbor. He was in his underwear, waving a gun, and he had just broken down their door.
"I'm racing to my daughter and I'm saying, 'What's going on?' only to look and see a huge revolver coming around the corner," Kerry said. "You really say is this my last breath?
Kendyl says the gunman began yelling things she and her father didn't understand.
"He started screaming at my dad, 'Where is she? She's being attacked," she said.
Her father said he asked the intruder what he was talking about - and the gunman looked confused.
"After a little bit, he finally said, 'I'm in the wrong place,' and then took off out the door," Kerry said.
Kendyl and her dad barricaded themselves in a bedroom and called 911.
Ann Arbor police arrived and found the gunman on the first floor. He was taken into custody and identified as 44-year-old Christopher Erney.
Although they had never seen him before, Erney turned out to be their next-door neighbor, who had just moved in three months ago.
He had been having a psychotic episode. After he was taken into custody, he told officials that he was receiving mental health treatment.
Erney was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, which is a four year felony, as well as breaking and entering. He will likely undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Despite the serious charges, he was given a $2,000 bond.
The suspect was evicted from the apartment complex but still has a week to get his stuff and leave. It's a week that Kendyl says she won't feel safe.
"Your home is where you're supposed to feel safe," she said.
As scary as it was, it's a situation that could have been so much worse.
"At the point at which he's waving the gun, they're under the belief that they're going to be shot," said Ann Arbor Police Det. Lt. Matthew lige.