Earlier Monday we updated you on the trial date for the man accused of breaking into two apartments with a machete before being shot by one of the residents back in February. Twain Thomas is facing several charges after the attempted break in, which was all caught on tape. We met up with the woman who had the quick thinking to pull out her camera in the midst of the break in.
Kaila Gearhart lives in the apartment that Twain’s rampage ended in. It was Kaila’s boyfriend James, who also lives there, that shot Twain in self-defense, all while she was standing right beside him, getting it on tape. The County Prosecutor hasn’t released the video to us yet, but Kaila did tell me all about what happened early that February morning.
“He just started to hack into our door with his machete and his foot and it was really scary, he totally came right through our door,” Kaila remembers.
Kaila and James say they woke up to pounding and thrashing, as their upstairs neighbor trashed his own place before coming down the stairs, breaking into another apartment, and eventually hacking his way through the door of Kaila’s.
“He didn’t stop so my boyfriend had to shoot him the first time and he still didn’t even stop.”
It took a few shots to get Twain to drop his machete, but after he did, Kaila says he started a conversation with James while clutching his bullet wounds, waiting for police to arrive.
“The camera was still going so we totally caught him admitting he was going to murder us on camera, so it’s really scary just having someone try to murder you, and even admit they were trying to murder you.”
It may seem odd that Kaila’s first thought was to grab her camera, but she says this was not the first confrontation they had with their upstairs neighbor. She claims he broke into their apartment a year earlier and things got physical, prompting them to both keep a camera on hand for proof, and them to be better prepared in terms of self-defense.
“I’m definitely really grateful to my boyfriend for making sure we get self-defense weapons so that we didn’t get chopped into pieces.”
Kaila told me she had trouble sleeping after being woken up to such a traumatic event, but the Family Services Alliance helped get her the proper counseling. Trial for Twain Thomas is right now scheduled on August 12th. As with all allegations of criminal conduct, Thomas is presumed innocent until proven guilty.