Hamel said the man wedged his arm with the gun into the car when she tried to drive away and the man threatened to kill her. She said he hit her at the back of her head while she tried to flee.
Hamel then drove over a curb, damaged her back passenger tire and could not drive away. The man asked her what she was doing there and she said she told him about the humidifier and begged him to not kill her.
A few minutes later, the man looked for his flip-flop, told Hamel she could go and walked away, Hamel said.
“The next thing I knew, he just disappeared. He didn't call the police, he didn't show me his badge,” she said.
Hamel said the neighbors called the police while she called her husband. Her husband went to a house with a police car in the driveway and knocked on the door. The off-duty officer answered and said he would return to Hamel's car and speak to the police.
“As far as I thought, he was a robber. He was threatening me and cursing at me and yelling at me. It was just handled in an unprofessional manner, and I didn't find out until later that he was a cop,” Hamel said.
Hamel said her husband, her husband's brother and the friend she was borrowing the humidifier from helped change her back tire while officers gathered information.
Hamel said she did not receive an apology from the off-duty officer.
“Policemen are supposed to protect and serve and that was not serving nor protecting,” she said.
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As far as I thought, he was a robber. He was threatening me and cursing at me and yelling at me. It was just handled in an unprofessional manner, and I didn't find out until later that he was a cop.”
Vielka Marilyn Hamel,