DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - The family dog growling in the middle of the night was a cause for alarm for Jane Rainboth; so was the presence of a mask-wearing stranger in the bedroom of her Florida home.
“I was sleeping and she started growling and so I knew something was wrong. And so I sat up and I was trying to listen for something and I see a masked man appear in the doorway peeking around the corner. And he saw me and I saw him and I jumped up and grabbed this toy gun,” Rainboth said.
But the home invader didn't know it was a toy and after breaking in and approaching Rainboth in her bed suddenly he was the one afraid for his life, WPTV reported.
“I just started saying, ‘I got a gun! I got a gun!’" she said.
Her fake gun eventually scared off the intruder.
The Broward Sheriff's Office and the victim reported that the suspected intruder, Roland Stuart, exited the home through a screen he had initially cut before later being found by deputies in the nearby woods.
The toy gun Rainboth used belongs to her 17-year-old son. He painted it black when he was younger.