Saturday, December 6, 2008

~Today I Experienced A Horrific Ordeal~

I had a horrific experience today. My mom watched the girls so I could go to the grocery store. I had such a tough day with the girls yesterday that Dan told me take $20 and stop by Goodwill. So that is what I did and then I stopped at a little antique store right around it. Well, long story short. A man comes walking into the Verizon store which is connected to the antiques store because one sister works in one and the other works in the other. I was in the antique store and had to move out of the way into the phone store because the sister from the antique store had to help a customer in the phone store. Well as soon as this started to occur another man came in screaming...I cannot even describe it. He was irrate...almost animalistic with his rage...yelling screaming...posturing very aggressively...hand out pointing...I wish I could write what he said... He saw the sister from the antique store came over towards her screaming finger in her face, their dog barked...he screamed at it and went to grab it. I said, "hey" and he postured towards me with his finger out pointing at me and told me to ...shut the F*** up. And the sister from the antiques store tried to call 911 on her cell phone. He hit it out of her hand and then got physical with her...I was trembling...I backed out threw the antique store, went into Dunkin Donuts asking them to call 911 (Instead of calling they were asking whats wrong just looking at me. I was trying to tell them but I was so scared, shaking, and out of breath that I could not exactly say accept that the women over there are being hurt). THey just looked at me. A guy next to me had a cell phone and I asked him to call. I left. The customer that was in the store at the time of this WAS calling. THANK GOD. And as I was walking back, the guy left the store yelling more profanity. I went back in and the woman had blood on her hand and she was trembling. I guess he grabbed her and jacked her up against the wall. Grabbed the smaller dog and threw it. The dog was so scared that it pooped. I tried to get his license plate but couldn't. Luckily, (not really) they knew him. He was a former employee who was resently fired because there was speculation of stealing. Now at this time, the other customer told the ladies to lock the door because he was coming back in his truck. A few minutes later, the police showed up. I stayed and gave my statement. Left, watching all around just incase and tried to grocery shop which was right around the corner. I could feel my blood pressure was high while I went around the crowded grocery store. I didn't cry until I pulled home infront of the house and saw Dan, my husband. He stopped by from work to take the girls back with him to work to Santa at a family Christmas party. RIght now I am just trying to relax from the whole ordeal. I was so scared for my physical well-being. I think that if I hadn't left he may have come after me too. Of course that is only speculation. He was crazy! I just feel so violated. You know I have delt with patients who have become just like that, but that is expected. This is just something you don't expect to see. The woman he assaulted had to be in her late 50's. We'll, see if I get a call from the police. They did put an APB out on him and his truck and have his name. Who knows. I'll have to see if it makes the news. Probably not but maybe the paper! Scary. One thing! By the Grace of God, I didn't have the girls with me. I would have left the store immediately. Experiences like these make you really appreciate your family. And remind me to be greatful for every day I have. Stay safe. Be well. Love your family. hugs, Ellen


squawmama said...

OMG! You are so lucky... In this day & age you never know what a NUT like that could or would do... I hope they get him... He needs help for sure. Thank God you're alright...

(((BIG HUGS)))

Lochlanina said...

Sounds like God was looking out for you that the experience wasn't any worse than it was and everyone's okay.
(oh, and Happy Pink Saturday)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Oh sorry you had to go through all that! God kept you safe! HE will have the final say in what happens with that man...he'll have to answer to God for what he did.

Take care...

Priscila said...

Its really hard to really feel safe when you go out anymore! Im thankful that you werent hurt!!! I would like to buy pepper spray and keep it in my car just incase. I know there are a lot of "bad" people out there and with the economy how it is...lots of people are just desperate to do whatever to get by!
Sorry you had to go through that but be thankful your girls didnt go with you or see that. That would have been awful

Marilyn said...

Ellen, I'm so sorry that you had to go through this. Thank God you are alright. These things happen alot anymore and we just never expct that we will have to experience it.

Here's a big HUG!!!!

Stacey said...

Oh that is so horrible!! I am so sorry that you all had to experience that situation. What a nightmare. Thank goodness it wasn't worse...I guess it could have been.

CC said...

Thank God you're okay. That ex employee, as nutty as her was, could have had a gun and shot everyone. I'm sure police will get him.Meanwhile, sending hugs from Texas...

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Thank you ladies. I still can't believe that happened yesterday. It is almost like a dream. You know you watch the news and hear about this or read it in the newspaper but you are so removed from it. But to be involved in this it gives me a greater understanding of what happens to other.

When I heard he was coming back, all I thought about is that he had a gun. He could have. He completely did not have control over his anger.

I definately praise GOD for watching over me!

hugs to all...Ellen

Holly said...

Praying for you sweet Ellen!

~ Hearts ~

Somewhere In Time- Christie (Queenie) said...

Thank God you all weren't badly hurt...this could have turned out so much worse....this sounds like something that we hear about on the news...You just never know ...everyday is a gift...I am so glad you are safe, but so sorry to hear that you went through such a scary experience. They will arrest this guy I'm sure....once they find him.
Get some rest and stay safe.

Holly said...

Hope you're okay today, hon. The Lord laid you on my heart this morning.

~ Hugs ~

celestina marie said...

Hi Ellen, WOW what a terrible ordeal to go through. There really are some maniacs out there and we all need to be careful, but one never knows when this sort of thing will happen. Thankfully you are okay and not hurt, except being really shook up which is very understandable. You were certainly in God's protection. I hope they find this person so he can't cause any more problems. Very scary.
Thank God it was not worse or he had a weapon.
Hope you are enjoying the season.
See you again soon.
hugs and blessings,

Sweetina said...

Thank The Lord you are safe now.
He needs to be locked up for violating the safety of everyone involved,assult and animal abuse.
Your tears helped you cleanse your soul and wash away the extreme fear.Seeing your Hubby and being home,you finally felt secure, I imagine.
I feel especially sorry for the little dog.Poor little Angel.
Disgruntled former employees are the #1 group that "go Postal".
Don't be surprised if you're a little (or alot) jumpy and nervy for a few were thrown into "survival mode".
Take time to relax (i know at Christmas!!!)and nuture yourself.

stacycakes said...

im so sorry, i am so upset about your ordeal,and that poor dog,i gasped out loud when i read it. i hope you are feeling better today, be safe and hug your family tight! hugs,stacy

Shirley said...

I am glad you are o.k., but it does shake you up for a while after going through something like that. We have had several purse snatching in our neck of the woods. I know I try to be very careful where I park and of my surroundings and go when it is daylight. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know they will get him, but what will happen after that is the question.