Woman Rushes To Protect Grandson During Home Invasion

Sandie Flowers
Sandie Flowers

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A 25-year-old man is in Honolulu police custody accused of breaking into a woman's home in the middle of the night, and terrorizing her and her grandson.

Sandie Flowers sits outside her Young Street apartment, and recalls her night of terror.

"It was just the scariest thing I have ever had happen to me," she said. "And I pray to God it doesn't happen again."

She was startled by a stranger at about 1:45 am.

"I heard him banging on my door, you know, woke me up," she said. "And I said, 'Who's there?' He said, 'Open the, let me in. Let me in.'"

The 61-year-old normally gets around using a wheelchair. But as the burglar is entering, she says she somehow finds the strength to jump up from the couch, run to her sleeping grandson, and take the 13-year-old into the bathroom.

"You hear about home invasions all the time on the news," she said. "But you never think it's going to happen to you."

They lock themselves in there, while the intruder -- who's bleeding -- breaks things in the apartment and tries to bust down the bathroom door.

"He was banging on the door, I mean, banging," Flowers said. "I thought for sure he was going to come through that door. You know, and I'm screaming, 'Somebody help me. Somebody help me.'"

Responding officers later catch the suspect nearby on Pawaa Lane.

Before the break-in, police say the suspect was walking along Young Street when he hit a 52-year-old man who was walking home from work. That victim suffered a cut behind his right ear and a concussion.

Flowers says the suspect appeared to be drunk or on drugs.

"The one officer said that he was on something, said he probably wouldn't remember what happened," she said.

But her grandson won't soon forget.

"He's traumatized," Flowers said. "He's just totally traumatized."

Police arrested Daniel Fleming on suspicion of assault and burglary. He hasn't been charged.