A teenager in Waimanalo woke up to frightening sight on Saturday — a stranger sleeping in her bedroom.
On Thursday, 36-year-old John Fritz appeared in court to face charges for the case.
The girl’s father, Donald Crummer, testified in court about what happened, but it’s not just the incident that has him fired up.
Crummer is also angry about the police response, which had him waiting 45 minutes for someone to get the intruder out of his house.
“Making my coffee, five minutes to 6 (a.m.), my daughter walks out and says, ‘Dad, who’s the man sleeping in the other bed in my room?’ And I go, ‘What?’ I walk in there. Some guy’s sleeping next to my daughter, in the bed next to my daughter,” Crummer said.
Crummer said he usually locks the doors before heading to bed, but on Friday night, he fell asleep early. He said he woke up at about 2 a.m. Saturday and noticed that his lights were still on and his doors were unlocked.
Little did he know, the intruder was already inside — there weren’t any signs of a break-in.
Once Crummer realized the man was inside, he sent his girls out to safety.
He showed KHON2 his cell phone log with his first call to 911 at 5:58 a.m.
“I told them I need to get an officer here immediately and the dispatch girl, out of her own voice, goes, ‘Oh my God! Get everybody out of the house. We’ll have an officer on the road immediately.’ So I wait and I wait,” Crummer said.
He called back at 6:10 a.m., then again at 6:29 a.m., and a fourth time at 6:40 a.m.
Crummer said an officer finally arrived at about 6:45 a.m.
KHON2 reached out to the Honolulu Police Department for comment. No one would talk on camera, but the department sent a statement confirming Crummer’s 45-minute response time. The reason for the delay is under investigation.
Crummer said he’s frustrated and that police should have come sooner since it was a crime in progress.
“This could have been tragic. This guy could have woken up. He could have had a gun on him. He could have had a knife on him. He could have killed me, killed my children. Who knows what could have happened,” Crummer said.
KHON2 also discovered that Crummer’s first call happened right at a shift change, but HPD said that shouldn’t impact response time because the shifts overlap to keep officers on the streets at all times.
“If there’s anything you’d like to see done, what would it be?” KHON2 asked.
“Quicker response time,” Crummer said. “When you have an incident like this, you can’t be sitting around waiting for this amount of time for an officer to show up.”
So why was the intruder in the home? Fritz told Crummer that he didn’t even remember how he got there.