OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Barb Haley was sound asleep when she suddenly woke up at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
She walked through the house and felt like something wasn’t right.
“I'm starting to say, ‘OK, someone's been in here,'” said Haley.
She didn’t find anyone, so she went to go back to bed.
“As soon as I got back into my room, there was a huge crash,” she said. Haley went with gun in hand to go see what was happening.
Her dog, Dozer, sniffed out of the suspect, who was hiding in a bedroom closet.
“Came back out, went into the room and there are two hands sticking out of my closet,” Haley said.
Police say Jody Kudlacz, 24, was hiding in the closet.
“I turned and look at the closet, and I said, ‘Don't move! I'll blow your f-ing head off,'” she recalled. Haley immediately called 911.
“[The] dispatcher goes, ‘Do you have a gun?’ I said, ‘Yes I do,’ and I said, ‘It's pointed at him.’ I said, “And I will shoot him if he moved.”
Haley, her gun, and Dozer held Kudlacz there until the cops showed up. Her two daughters arrived shortly after.
“I'm like, ‘Mom, why didn't you stay in your room?’" Haley daughter, Marge, said. “And she was like, ‘I couldn't, like why would I? I would have done nothing different. I had the upper hand ‘”
After all, Haley says, it is her house and she was protecting it.
“I would absolutely, and it, I met him face to face. I would have no problem pulling the trigger, none,” she said.
Watch an extended interview with Haley here.