Armed intruder fights with family’s pit bull

Published: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 5:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 10:28 PM

The family dog attacked a burglar who broke into a Huffman Avenue house Friday night with two girls home alone.

“It’s the scariest thing ever. That was definitely the most scared I’ve ever been,” said mother Kerri Metcalf.

She was down the street when her 15-year-old daughter called around 8:30 p.m. to say a large man was in their house and was fighting with the family’s pit bull. The teen and her 9-year-old sister were upstairs, and the man was on the main level.

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Metcalf called police, and immediately returned home.

“There was seriously a man in my house. And my dog had him on his leg,” she said.

She went upstairs, got a handgun and returned to confront the man, who allegedly told her: “Get your dog or I’ll kill you,” according to a Dayton police report.

The 34-year-old mother pushed the gun up against the burglar’s chin and commanded her dog to stop. Then she told the man again to get out.

Police arrived as the suspect, identified as 48-year-old David Allen Polk, was leaving. They found him bloody and bruised. He was handcuffed, when police said they found a knife in his front pants pocket, and then was taken to Grandview Hospital, the report stated.

Polk, who stands 6 feet, 4 inches and weighs 225 pounds, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. He is being held without bond awaiting arraignment on Monday, online jail records show.

Metcalf said dogs can be the best home protection, and that she’s especially proud of her pit bull. ”She not mean, she’s never been aggressive a day in her life, but she knew exactly what to do.”