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Massachusetts teen girl Avery Cormier scares off intruder Joseph Ridge

A brave 14-year-old girl scared off an intruder who broke into her Massachusetts home while she was alone with her 12-year-old sister, police and reports said.

Avery Cormier was awakened by the sound of a man breaking into her home in Middleborough around 7:20am on Friday morning, police said.

Joseph Ridge, 58, of Bourne, was trying to break into the home when Avery grabbed two steak knives and confronted him, WCVB reported.

Ridge, known to police and described as a “career criminal,” was out on bail at the time and fled the home, cops said.

Avery followed Ridge outside and captured video of his 2010 Chevy Silverado speeding away.

“I got him out of the house. I scared him. I took video of his truck leaving so I have his license plate,” the terrified teen told a 911 dispatcher through sobs in an audio clip released by police.

Joseph Ridge, known to police as "career criminal" was out on bail at the time of the home invasion before fleeing the home, police officers said.
Joseph Ridge, known to police as a career criminal, was out on bail at the time of the home invasion before fleeing the home, officers said.
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Avery Cormier speaks to reporters about how she scared Joseph Ridge away when he broke into her home on April 15, 2022.
Avery Cormier speaks to reporters about how she scared Joseph Ridge away when he broke into her home on April 15, 2022.
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Avery asks the dispatcher if she can get off the line “so she can call her parents real quick,” but he persuades her to stay on the line.

“I’m just really scared,” she tells the operator.

A short time later, with Avery’s help, Ridge was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police and posted to the Middleborough Police Department. He was charged with aggravated burglary and intrusion during the day, trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said.

“I want to commend the brave actions of this girl. Even in the midst of an extremely frightening event, her courage helped us to identify the man believed to be responsible for the break-in at her home,” Middleborough Chief Joseph Perkins said in a statement.

Known to police and described as a career criminal, Joseph Ridge is taken into custody by the Massachusetts State Police.
Joseph Ridge is taken into custody by Massachusetts State Police at the Middleborough Police Department on April 15, 2022.
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