Bond was set at 10 percent of $75,000 Wednesday morning for a would-be burglary suspect confronted by a resident who held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
Barb Haley called 911 after 24-year-old Jody Kudlacz of Omaha allegedly broke into her home near 70th and Farnam around 3 a.m. Tuesday. She was awakened by noises and found the door to her garage open.
Barb and Dozer, her 8-year-old pit bull mix, went into a room and found a mess on the desk and floor, then realized a man was hiding in the closet. “There in my closet, there were two hands coming out of the closet and he said, ‘Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. I just am thirsty. I just wanted something to drink.’ And I said no, I have a gun and I will shoot you."
Her husband, who was out of town on business, showed her how to handle the gun. “If he would have made one move, I would have done what I needed to do, absolutely. I'm the type of person where I'm fine. Just don't mess with me. That don't mess with me point, pulling a gun on someone, is not normal for me... take matters into my own hands. I don't like to get pushed around or anything. I'd do it again. He goes, you know me, you know me. I said who are you? I don't know you. He goes my name is Jody whatever. He said you know me. I said I don't know you, shut up and quit talking to me. I wanted to be in charge, I wanted to take care of business, I was going to deal with whatever I had to deal with you know? Luckily, it was some scared kid who didn't know what he was doing."
Haley and Dozer almost quit searching the house until they heard a crash. “Get up here, that's a boy, yeah he's getting all the treats today, he was a lifesaver. Then he started sniffing down the hallway to the back of the hall, which is very unusual in his own home to be sniffing like that."
Kudlacz had allegedly rummaged through the room, stacking what would have been stolen clothes, gift cards and jewelry. "At that point I thought hmm, he doesn't even know I have a gun. I go ahead and cock my gun just so that he knew I really had a gun." A loaded .45 pointed straight at Kudlacz.
“He was telling me how old he was, that he had a kid and he was just thirsty and he was trying to humanize this. I was like no, I'm not your friend, you are in my house and you don't belong here. I don't know you, just shut up, just stop talking to me."
Haley's sisters, Marge and Beth, had moved out a month ago. “It's almost probably better that we weren't here. We say that, I say that all the time, I mean she is a mother and she's always been there. She's a momma bear, to protect us."
“I’m not going to go to bed tonight afraid that somebody might come in again," said Haley. "I wasn't afraid before I went to bed last night and he came in, being afraid isn't going to help me."