BRADENTON, Fla .– When her Ring doorbell rang on Friday morning, Kada Staples said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw men pointing guns at her door.
“I said ‘Hello’ (through the doorbell) and they said ‘US Marshalls open the door’,” Staples said, she quickly put her dog in her crate and walked out.
The 22-year-old new mom was home alone with her three-month-old baby, she says she was afraid for her life.
“They pushed me aside and they’re holding me and my baby at gunpoint. And I’m freaking out because there are 7 or 8 with guns and they’re yelling at me that ‘They know he’s in there, “Staples said.
The Ring Doorbell video shows the terrified 22-year-old stepping out, barely dressed, holding her baby and crying. She says she had no idea what was going on, but after a few minutes the commissioners realized it was the wrong apartment and left.
Bradenton Police said the US Marshals were helping them search for Shamar Johnson, a suspected murder suspect on September 11. After leaving Staple’s apartment, the marshals rushed to an entrance in the same building at The Preserve on 51st in Bradenton and found and arrested Johnson in another apartment.
“They came back about an hour later and said, ‘we just want to explain to you that we saw a black man running upstairs and we thought he had come to your apartment but he didn’t go. in your apartment and it turns out it does. was not the black man we were looking for, ”Staples said.
A US Marshal supervisor told ABC Action News it all happened very quickly and the marshals were able to help catch a murder suspect who had been on the run for weeks.
Staples says she is still very traumatized by the incident and is having trouble sleeping. She says she’s thankful for her Ring doorbell and knows how to react, otherwise things could have turned out a lot differently. Staples says she wants law enforcement to do more to prevent such mistakes from happening.
“I think this happens more than people know and it can happen to absolutely anyone,” Staples said.