Imagine being asleep in your home only to wake up to the barrel of a gun.
Now imagine if that happened to your grandmother!
When Contact 5 Investigator Katie LaGrone learned about it, she started asking questions.
At 89 years young, Vera Thompson has lived through her share of close calls.
“I’ve gone through two heart pacemakers and breast cancer,” she recently told the Contact 5 Investigators.
But her latest near-miss, was nothing short of shattering. “Oh, it was a show honey! There was glass everywhere!”
Back in December, Riviera Beach police raided her home.
“I said ‘Oh my god this is real!'”
It was a Thursday afternoon, and Thompson was taking her afternoon nap when suddenly, “I woke up the guy is standing over me with a gun telling me where are the drugs and where is the money? I said what drugs and what money you talking about?”
In the search warrant, which describes Thompson’s home down to the “brown” shingle roof, Riviera Beach Police list what they believe was inside: cocaine, heroin, just to name a few.
When asked if she sold drugs, Thompson replied, “No! All my drugs come from the doctor. No ma’am, never! I’m 89 years old and I’m going to sell drugs? I can’t even get out of my way,” she said. Thompson says the police got the wrong house . . .
According to the chief, investigators conducted surveillance of Thompson’s home days before the raid.
“I don’t have any reason to believe that they didn’t get it right or that they got the wrong house,” Williams said.
According to reports, on December 10 and 12, Riviera Beach agents made drug buys using a confidential source but neither report lists an address, “to protect the integrity of the investigation,” he said . . .
A closer looks shows those incident reports were filed January 23, six weeks after the raid and just two days after the Contact 5 Investigators started asking questions about the incident.
And then there’s the search warrant. State law requires a search warrant be filed with the Clerk of Court 10 days after its executed, but police never filed Thompson’s search warrant with the clerk’s office.
“It’s my understanding the search warrant was filed and filed properly,” the chief told the Contact 5 Investigators. When we informed him that the clerk’s office had no record of the search warrant he responded, “Um, you know I don’t know. If the officers made a mistake and haven’t filed it timely, I’m not aware of it and we’ll make certain it gets done.”
Two months later, Vera Thompson is still waiting for new windows, a new front door and new carpet that was burned from the flash bang.