75-year-old grandmother says she was restrained during police raid

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HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) --Ruth Hunter, a 75-year-old woman, said she was tied up while State Police invaded her Henrico apartment.

She said officers told her during the raid what they were looking for, and court documents also show the information. She said she had nothing to do with the investigation.

Virginia State Police said a drug investigation is what prompted a Henrico County magistrate to issue a warrant for an apartment in the 5600 block of Crenshaw road.

The woman claims that officers ultimately arrested a man who lives two doors down from her.

"I thought someone was breaking in to rob or kill me,” Hunter said.

Seconds after her front door flies open Hunter said she heard a voice yell "Police!"

“…Took my hands with a tie-thing and said ‘You're under arrest’ and started asking questions,” she recalled. “The more I told them I didn't know these people, the more he continued."

Hunter said she's lived at the Village at Arbors apartment complex in Henrico for about six years, the whole time she's kept to herself she says, only speaking when spoken to by others. She said she was shocked at the line of questioning from State Police, on the morning of April 10.

“Asked me if I ever stored drugs for anybody -- I said how dare you insult my integrity."

Hunter said that is when police started asking about her loved ones.

“He asked if maybe my granddaughter was involved. I sat up in my bed like how dare you try and bring my granddaughter into this stuff. She's a law abiding citizen, works for a living, she don't even like coming here,” Hunter said.

Hunter said that police left her apartment and went two doors down, while she was left handcuffed with a zip tie.
The fiancé of the man arrested says she was there at the time, and asked CBS 6 to hide her identity

“Jjust so happened they came to the apartment and they got it mixed up,’ she said.

State Police cite an ongoing drug investigation as why they can't comment any further.

The warrant does list Hunter`s address and apartment number, but she believes this court document proves that she did nothing wrong. Because it says police did not find anything inside.

Hunter says the early morning raid haunts her to the point where she's moving out, but not before delivering this message to those she says stood over top of her as she was frightened out of bed

"I’m very irritated and angry, he never said I’m sorry, never apologized for having the wrong house…he said you got to get someone to fix that door."




  • Dennis Taylor

    They willcall out a swat team for traffic stops nowadays,government sanctioned abuse of the bill of rights is exactly why the second amendment was seen to be so important by the founders,its there to give teeth to the others.

  • BillCatz

    Too bad The Constitution is no longer the Law of the Land. The Bill of Rights have been shredded by a political court and both corrupt parties.

  • xfiler93

    What a disgrace. Our Police are looking like para-military units from third world banana republics. Threatening fellow Americans over cattle eating grass and then this. SIckening.

  • sharpshooterr

    The way the Gestapo runs their raids today, she is fortunate to even be alive to talk about it!

    • jim

      Thugs is exactly the word that occurred to me as I read the story. These days the police act more like thugs than the criminals do.

  • Subhuman659

    Hey, this 75 year old grandmother has nothing to complain about; at least these thugs didn’t shoot her, which seems to be their standard operating procedure these daze.

  • Lurker

    I’d say what we see in our public servents is a reflection of those they represent. We elect representatives to enact these policies and we tolerate this behavior. Collectively we take no responsibility for anything, then cry when things aren’t working out to our liking.

    6 years living next to a crack-house and followed the ghetto code of honor “no snitching”. Might could have reported a dope house next door to you and the police would have known where to raid?

    Always the victims and never a shred of personal responsibility with these types.

    • Steven Gauss

      Did you not read? She stays away from the other residents. How could she have known? I don’t know what my neighbors do and generally don’t care as long as they leave me in peace

    • Burg2504

      Try a no knock raid on a wrong address in Indiana, State LAW holds the Officers liable, and the Citizens are allowed to resist the new Gestapo with force…

  • Lurker

    They cry racism when police don’t do enough to clean the criminals out of their neighborhoods, then cry racism when the police actually try to do it. The ghetto code of honor is “no snitching” so nobody is actually taking responsibility. The eternal child and eternal victim.

    I’m completely opposed to drugs being criminalized whatsoever, but I guarantee that cities town meetings have been filled with people who claim outrage at the violent criminal cesspools their neighborhoods are. I’ve seen 100 videos of these “when is SOMEBODY going to do something about the crime in our neighborhoods…. if we were in (insert majority white section of town here) the police would be taking care of this.

    Moral of the story is…. be careful what you ask for, and take some damned personal responsibility to clean up your own backyard.

  • Phillip Textor

    Since the warrant has her adddress on it the cops are covered. The officer who conducted the investigation needs to be held CRIMINALLY responsible for getting the address wrong. However, judges have ruled that getting an address wrong, busting down the wrong door, roughing up the wroing people, tearing up the house, is NOT CONSIDERED INCOMPETENT. IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD FAITH. The DA will not bring charges against the officer if the homeowner make a complaint. Officers are only criminally liabe if they act with malice or neglect. Getting the address wrong for 10 heavily armed men to bust into an innocent persons house, possibly getting a cop or innocent resident killed, IS NOT CONSIDERED NEGLECT.

    APPROX. 20% OF ALL SWAT RAID ARE TO THE WRONG ADDRESS. The purpose of a warrant is to provide legal authority to enter a specific address, looking for specific things or people. Entering a house without a warrant is considered a criminal act and a 4th ammendment violation. Entering a house with a warrant for another residence, i.e getting the address wrong on the warrant, or going to the wrong house by mistake, is not considered criminal.

    HOW. We need to hold police accountable for their mistakes. CRIMINALLY LIABLE. Then they will start making fewer mistakes.

    One warrant was served on a residence for a man the police were looking for that had not lived there for TWELVE YEARS. Since the warrant was signed by a judge the raid was legal and proper and nothing was done to the officer who did the investigation. How is this acceptable? Let you voice be heard. Contact your congessman and state representative. Repeal Qaulified immunity for police.

  • mike

    “State Police cite an ongoing drug investigation as why they can’t comment any further.”

    Translation: We need time to concoct a lie to explain away how and why we are so STUPID.

  • Truley

    You voted for an administration that promotes, supports, encourages, and practices Old Soviet Union tactics and that is exactly what you got. The state police are merely mimicking Kernel Clink in the White House. Either vote them out or quit your b*tchin about the police state we live in! This is the American public’s fault for not putting their foot down and stopping it at the polls!

  • Nick11766 (@Nick11766)

    Next time the cops will shoot her in the head. Out of control cops, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

    amazon com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

  • noneubis

    Over the last 10 years, the cops in this country have gone rouge. One quarter to one third are on steriods, the rest are on massive power trips. Cops now seem to get their jollies doing SWAT raids for misdemeanor crimes, brutalizing the elderly and shooting beloved pets.

  • Afterburner

    It was an understandable mistake,..BLM was sent east on a tip that one of Bundy’s cows had wandered off during their raid, got itself on a flat-bet tractor trailer and drifted through Virgina. These “contract cowboys” were disorientated because of the flash-bang grenade, after they hog-tied what they thought was a calf, they could not find a ranch brand,. and they were about to call the local rendering company.But when the smoke cleared they were shocked to find that the calf was an elderly woman.

  • rikem4848

    WTF is wrong with these people hog-tying a 75year old for “Officer safety”, what kind of cowardly pansies are they hiring for police up there? They are intimidated by an old-woman! Cowardly pukes!

  • Georgian

    Chances are that the address that was applied to the warent was left blank by the judge and written in by the police by just looking into a telephone book. To be confused by the letters (E) & (G) is nothing more than BS.
    If I was this woman I would sue the $hit out of the state police.

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