DKU: Idaho teen confronts, repels home invader with bedside knife


“”After it happened, it was kind of funny because when he came through my window he tripped on stuff and like, face-planted on my bed,” the teenage defendant joked. “But during it…it was really scary!” – Isabell Hoffman (from

When 26 year old Ricky Herrera climbed through 16 year old Isabell Hoffman’s window while fleeing from cops, he didn’t expect to be confronted by a quick-thinking young woman who slept with a knife by her bedside.

Herrera quickly retreated and fled when Isabell threatened to stab him.

“”She then locked the bedroom door so he could not get into the other part of the house – protect the family,” said Lt. Devin Riley, Caldwell Police Department. “(She) had a knife in her bedroom and took the knife out and said you need to get out of the window and the guy listened to her. So it was very courageous what she did.”

The teen quickly responded in this very critical situation.

“I’m not sure how it was, It was more like, I’ve got to protect them and stuff like that,” Isabell laughed. “Keep him away from them. I don’t know what was going through my head. I was really scared to be honest.”

Isabell’s mother, Jessica Hoffman, says they continue to stay on-edge, as problems like these occur around her neighborhood.

“Because this isn’t the first time something like this has happened,” Hoffman said. “This is just the first time it’s happened to us.”

Now, the Hoffman family is working to move on from the incident.

“I finally broke down and realized, yeah, this really did happen,” her mother told KBOI 2News. “This is all coming about…and I’m thinking about okay, what can I do better to protect my kids just short of bubble wrap them?”

No Ma’am. You do not need to bubble wrap them. You need to do exactly what you are doing. Teaching your daughter to think fast, be resourceful, and use whatever tool might be at hand to protect herself. Everyone is their own first responder. Plan accordingly.

I am sure that some reader or another will note the smattering of cases where a juvenile uses a firearm to protect their siblings. Granted, my oldest just turned 7, so arming juveniles it isn’t an imminent decision. But I think my neighborhood situation would have to be really nightmarish to get to that point. That being said, I can respect a decision otherwise provided that the parent has spent considerable time on education and training and their situation is that dire.


  1. Don Prather says:

    Props to a courageous young lady!

    In the aftermath, it is appropriate to ask about what was likely to happen had she not refused to be a victim.

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