- Name: ROY W HANSEN
- Charge: BURGLARY - UNOCCUPIED CONVEYANCE
- Residence: Naples, FL
- Age: 21
- Occupation: No info found.
- Case #: Not yet available
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NAPLES — When Betsy Stibler went to bed in a T-shirt from a recent 5K race in Hawaii she didn't expect to run down a burglary suspect.
The 41-year-old mother of three had been awakened by her youngest around 2 a.m. Thursday when she spotted a man going through her father's car in the Island Walk community in North Naples.
She threw on a pair of shorts, slipped on her flip flops and grabbed her cellphone.
Stibler said she called 911 and calmly confronted the suspect who had walked down the street.
"I said, 'You may as well stop. The police are coming. And if you are going to run, you better run fast and more than 3 miles because I'm a runner,'" Stibler said.
The suspect, Roy Wayne Hansen, got the hint. He took off running. What the 21-year-old Hansen didn't realize was: Stibler was serious.
The woman who has run six 5K races in the past year ditched her flip flops and took off in a full barefooted sprint. She followed the suspect past six homes and over a bridge where Hansen stopped at the midpoint.
"He said, 'You better back up,'" Stibler said.
Stibler said she wasn't scared. Instead, she told Hansen the police were coming and he'd better keep running.
Stibler, who was visiting her parents, said her motherly instincts kicked in. She said in Tennessee, where she is from, they have a saying about getting between a mama bear and her cubs.
"I had cubs in the bedroom," said Stibler referring to her kids in a room 10 feet from the where the car was parked, "I was going to protect them and my family and he just made me mad."
Hansen did keep running but Stibler cornered him between two homes and waited for Collier County sheriff's deputies to arrive.
Hansen, of the 4200 block of Third Avenue Southwest, Golden Gate, was arrested and is facing a felony charge of burglary.
Stibler's father, Gary Hardin, said he wasn't surprised his only daughter chased down a burglary suspect. Yet, he was worried — for her and Hansen.
"I was scared for her,"said Hardin, 63. "I was worried she might catch the dude and he might be violent. I also worried she might catch the guy and beat the crap out of him." Hardin describes his daughter as tenacious and determined. He just never imagined she would take off after a would-be robber in the middle of the night.
"She is not easily discouraged," Hardin said. "She always did what she considered was the right thing."
Stibler said neighbors, since learning of the news, have called her both a hero and crazy for chasing after Hansen. She said she's not a hero. Stibler said she was only doing what was right.
"It infuriated me that this guy can come onto the property and think he could take whatever he wants." she said. "I was not going to be a victim."
Stibler said she only started running in the past year after her father had a heart transplant. Stibler can now add to her running resume.
"I normally don't run in the middle of the night and I don't normally run barefoot over cement and cobblestones," Stibler said. "My feet are hurting."