"Polite" burglar nabbed in Anderson Township

Two women came face-to-face with a burglar they described as polite when he asked them for money and help. (WKRC)

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Two women came face-to-face with a burglar they described as polite when he asked them for money and help.

Dakota Davidson, 23, is in the Hamilton County Justice Center charged with burglary and attempted burglary. Early Wednesday morning, Amy Hammond awoke to knocking on her bedroom door at her house in the Summit Estates neighborhood. She thought it was her 17-year-old son, who has autism. When she opened the door, she found Dakota Davidson standing in front of her with a knife.

"It was my worst fear, my worst nightmare come true that I would open my bedroom door and there would be somebody that doesn't belong in my house," Hammond said. "He stepped back and said 'Ma'am, I don't want to hurt you. Your son is OK. I don't want to hurt you; I just need money.'"

Hammond closed the door and locked it. She said over 10 to 15 minutes, Davidson came back to the door and kept asking for money. She was surprised by his polite manner of speaking. Finally, she told him she would get money for him that was in her car, which was parked in the garage.

"I ran down the stairs, came out this door and hit the button and kept running," Hammond said. A neighbor called 911 for her. Hammond later discovered Davidson had forced his way into her house through her back door.

About three hours later, at 9 a.m., Phyllis Hall was sleeping in her home one street over.

"It was the first time I had slept in in a while and I heard this 'bam.' I thought it was like a sonic boom,” Hall said.

She went to her back door and found Davidson trying to kick in the door.

“I was mad. So I opened the curtains, then I said, 'What are you doing?' And he said, 'Please let me in, please, please. I'm in trouble. I won't hurt you,'” Hall said.

Hall told Davidson to go to her front door after he asked to use her phone. Sheriff’s deputies were already in the neighborhood because of an earlier call and found him walking down the street. He was taken into custody and charged with burglary and attempted burglary.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and the neighbors will try to sleep a little easier.

"I didn't sleep last night, but I think day-by-day it will get better,” Hammond said.

Davidson is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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