When a man broke into a house in Middleborough on Friday morning, he was confronted by a 14-year-old.
“I got him out of the house,” the girl said on the 911 call. “I scared him.”
Nervous and upset, the young girl gave her information to the police and told them about the incident. She stayed on the phone with the police while using her sister’s phone to contact her parents.
Police credited the 14-year-old’s ‘courageous actions’ and ‘bravery’ in apprehending the suspect.
Police said they were called at around 7.20am on Friday after the girl was woken by the sound of an intruder in her home trying to steal items.
The intruder was later identified as Joseph Ridge of Bourne, 58, police said.
She then followed Ridge outside and filmed the vehicle he was driving, which was a 2010 Chevy Silverado, police said. The video included the license plate number.
Massachusetts State Police arrested Ridge on Friday. He is charged with aggravated daytime breaking and entering, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
“I would like to salute the courageous actions of this girl. Even in the midst of an extremely frightening event, her bravery helped us identify the man suspected of being responsible for the break-in at her home,” Chief Joseph Perkins said. “I would also like to thank the Middleborough Police dispatcher who responded to the call and the officers who responded for their kindness and compassion in responding to this incident, and the State Police for assisting us to apprehend this individual. The suspect in this case is a career criminal who was arrested after terrorizing a 14-year-old girl in her own home. Hopefully his arrest this time will bring this known criminal to account for his crimes.