Calif. mom uses stick, a gift from kids, to repel trespasser

Karlee Meyer with the wooden stick she used to confront an intruder in front of her Hemet, Calif. home.
CBS Los Angeles
HEMET, Calif. - It's just a stick, and a rock - a gift from her kids for Christmas - but Southern California woman Karlee Meyer, a mother of four, say she put that stick and rock to good use to help ward off a trespasser, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Meyer, who lives in Hemet, said, “I saw a man walking out of the garden, out to the street. So I followed him outside.”

“He didn’t know why I was mad about him being in my yard,” she told the station.

She had caught an image of the man on her security surveillance camera. The video also showed the man had been sleeping in her garden — feet away from where her kids normally play.

The confrontation Meyer had with the intruder was also caught on security video.


 The mother of four told the suspect to sit down and wait for police. Not only wasn’t he compliant, Meyer said, he tried to take her stick away - the one with a rock taped to it by her kids.

Meyer said when the man tried to get into his car, she jumped in the car herself to turn it off.

As she explained to CBS Los Angeles, "He said to me ‘Will you please show me mercy. I want to join the Marines.’ I told him, ‘Honey, the Marines don’t take boys who do stuff like this.’”

Within minutes of the scuffle, officers showed up and arrested Martin Aguilera-Fonseca, 19 and charged him with trespassing and prowling.

“I want people to learn their lesson and to stop coming into people’s yards. The crime has got to stop in this town,” said Meyer.

Meyer said Aguilera-Fonseca didn’t steal anything and he was probably just sleeping off a hangover. 

She said he was the third prowler in her yard last week alone, and she proudly displayed the stick and rock her kids gave her.

“My younger boys made me this for Christmas,” she said, showing off the gift to a CBS Los Angeles reporter.

She also had a warning for the next intruder - she's got more than a stick and rock.

She has pepper spray and a Taser.