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Monday, July 11, 2011

Police raid Morrisonville family's home in search of fugitive

by ANDREA VanVALKENBURG

A Morrisonville woman says she was shocked when armed police stormed her property looking for a fugitive with no connection to her family.

"We were so floored. It was like something you see on TV," Patty Breyette said.

One day last week, she was enjoying a day off and eating lunch with her husband, Robert, when they heard their dogs bark and spotted a line of police cruisers coming up their driveway.

The couple walked to their front lawn "as police ran by us with bullet-proof vests and automatic rifles into our backyard," she said.

"I was flipping out, shaking so bad. I didn't know what was going on. I was yelling at them, saying, 'This is ridiculous.'"

Authorities then explained they were there to question Mr. Breyette in connection with an ongoing search for a con artist, who has apparently used his identity.

The couple have had problems in the past with debt collectors and others looking for that same man. And though they were glad to have the situation explained, Mrs. Breyette felt the unexpected police action could have been handled differently.

They voluntarily allowed police to search their home, but the police, Mrs. Breyette said, treated them like common criminals.

"They looked everywhere; in our showers, in our closets, everywhere. And at first, they were just so rude, but at the end they apologized. I was just so mad and upset. They could have looked into references or asked around about who we were, but they didn't.

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