Woman walks out front door to authorities with guns drawn in case of mistaken identity
LANCASTER, Ohio —
A case of mistaken identity left a Lancaster woman high and dry.
Laura Bobbitt said she was in the shower when she was innocently caught up in a four-county drug sweep.
It happened back in May.
Bobbitt's shower was cut short by police, who were hunting a fugitive.
"When I shut the shower off and heard the dogs barking and the pounding, I thought 'oh my God! Is my house on fire? What's going on? Why is someone trying to alert me?", she said.
She said she grabbed a towel and ran to the front door, only to find her house surrounded by Fairfield County Sheriff's deputies, the SWAT team and U.S. Marshals Service.
"My heart was pounding and he was screaming out to open my effen door," Bobbitt said.
"That he had a warrant for my arrest."
She opened the door to find their guns drawn.
"I'm trying to get two dogs quiet, and I'm holding a towel on, and trying not expose myself and they're like are you so and so? And I said 'no. I'm Laura Bobbitt. I've lived here almost 5 years.' And then they kind of dropped their guns and looked at me."
As it turned out, police were looking for a previous tenant.
"I was standing there with the U.S. Marshal, and I said 'I'm sorry. I just don't feel comfortable. I'm not even dressed'. He said 'you're in a towel. You're fine.' Ok- maybe that's fine for you being a man, but being a 47-year-old single woman with seven guys running around my house (I'm) not too comfortable. (It was) pretty humiliating."
They thanked her for cooperating and left- without an apology.
ABC6 reached out to the Fairfield County Sheriff's office; they've since apologized.
Our call to the U.S. Marshals Service went unanswered.
"Somebody dropped the ball somewhere," Bobbitt said.
"You can't go banging on someone's door at 7:20 in the morning, threatening them and their dog and screaming at the top of their lungs, SWAT surrounding their house, and not have anything to say for yourself for the error you made."
Bobbitt said it was a draining experience she's not likely to forget.