Plow drivers help stop intruders, rescue woman from fiery crash

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FLINT (WJRT) (2/12/2018) - It all started in the neighborhood off of Miller Road and Lincoln Drive on Flint's west side.

A man tried to break into a woman's home just before 11 a.m. Monday.

Kathy Saunders said she heard the storm door lock break and saw a man's hat moving into her porch.

"I asked, 'What do you want?' And he asked if I had jumper cables and I yelled, 'Get out of here!' And, I ran to get my cell phone to call 911, as he ran into his car and pulled away."

Saunders got ahold of 911 and gave the dispatcher a detailed description of the man.

"What struck me is he was very well dressed and was very together, a peacoat dress coat, dark colored and you know, a dress hat. Someone going to work or church," she explained.

Saunders gave those same details to her neighbors through the neighborhood watch to have everyone keep an eye out for the intruder.

"It turns out he had gone to a couple of other houses in the neighborhood using different ploys to check if someone was home," Saunders said.

A neighbor reached out to the plow drivers working in their neighborhood to see if they saw him. They crew had already left, but turned back around.

"It went from shoveling to drama," Paul Irish said.

He, Tom Williams and Bobbly Plair work for Above and Beyond Handyman. Monday, they certainly lived up to that name.

When they turned back into the neighborhood to see if they could find the alleged intruder, Williams said they saw him was preying on another victim.

"He was talking to another homeowner; so, I backed up when he tried to leave and blocked him off," he explained.

But the man eventually got away.

"He just kept bumping it 'til he could get straight and plowed through the snow to take off. And then he was flying, he had it floored," Williams said.

The three knew Flint Police were on the way, so they kept their distance as they followed the driver. And, less than a mile later, they drove up to Court and Vosburg Streets where the suspect had crashed into a woman's car and it erupted into flames.

They immediately rushed in to help save her.

"The officer asked for help and we realized the car was on fire, so we ran over to get her out," Irish said.

"It was the scariest thing ever. I wasn't sure she was still alive, I wasn't sure what was going on," Cheyenne Alexander said.

She's grateful the men stepped up to help her mom.

"She just dropped me off, so I was walking down the sidewalk; and, I heard a loud bang and my boyfriend looked over and said is that your mom?" she explained.

Alexander said her Mom hurt both her knee and her arm, but she knows it could've been much worse.

"She just got this car and she was so proud of it," Alexander said. "She has 6 grandbabies, so that was all she could think about was, I'm glad I'm alive to see them grow up and I don't know why this happened to me, but as long as it wasn't a kid."

The suspect was taken to a local hospital. We'll let you know if he's charged.

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