The first break-in: Chandler AZ house — Sept. 7 2022
Trash and I broke up on August 24th when I found out he was living with his new girlfriend (How I Became the Ex ). I had no idea that this was not going to be a “normal breakup”.
As you all know, I told Trash to never contact me again. I could not go no contact at this time because we needed to work through getting his stuff out of my house (story coming soon) and the Mexico condo he is trying to steal from me: Do NOT mingle finances with anyone. You will regret it.
I told him to stay away from me. That I wanted NOTHING to do with him. He didn’t listen. He kept coming to the Chandler AZ house and letting himself in. I was not going to live in fear.
So while I was in Mexico over Labor Day weekend (early September 2022) collecting my things from the house we shared in Mexico (Costa Diamante, Puerto Penasco), I hired a locksmith to change all the locks in Chandler AZ. Sept. 6th 2022 they showed up and changed all the locks. All I wanted to do was come home and prepare for my trip to Italy. I thought that if I did this, then I would be safe — I could return home, lock myself in, and not have him barging in unannounced. I could not have been more wrong about the situation.
One of the very few times I reached out to Trash first was this exchange — I just wanted him to know where to find his dog Baxter (story for another time). Instead of taking responsibility for his dog, he broke into my house — This is WhatsApp exchange with Trash on Sept. 7th 2022 — TD is the left side / grey, I am the right side / green:
To say I felt terrorized and violated is an understatement. I was shaking with fear, with anger…. He broke into my house and was squatting there. God only knows why. I called the Chandler police to have him arrested for trespassing (Chandler Police report 22–103692). He told the police he had a lease. Officer Swansen called me back and told me my only recourse was to evict him. So I did: The Eviction Process .
After a 6 week adventure through the court system, I was able to evict him. I was finally able to get back into my house on Oct. 17th 2022. He had indeed gotten in via the garage then broke through the door between the garage and house.
The break-in, the eviction judgement, and this WhatsApp exchange is part of the evidence that my Order of Protection was granted/upheld: Order of Protection Was Upheld .
This person, who had been cheating on me since BEFORE we left Mexico (and I’ve learned that he was cheating the entire duration of our relationship), and who clearly had moved on, was unhinged. I knew the violence he capable of — for months I had listened to him beat his son mercilessly (story to come). I knew his rage, and I knew he was capable of causing great harm.
Learning that the Chandler police would/could do nothing…. My heart was racing, I did not know what to do…. I knew I was not safe in the USA. I cried, I got mad at myself for being such a fool, for being so naive…. Then I drank some wine and made some decisions:
- I needed to stay in Mexico with my friends. I had zero friends in Chandler/Phoenix. And the police could do nothing to protect me.
- I cancelled my trip to Italy and visit with my parents (I was scheduled to leave Sept. 11th 2022).
- I began searching for attorneys in the Chandler/Phoenix area. The one I found told me I was in danger and advised strongly that I not come back to the USA for any reason.
Thank god, at this point, from a work perspective, I had two weeks scheduled vacation. This gave me time to deal with this. I thought that two weeks was enough time. I was so so so wrong.
I was terrified. I had no idea what could or would happen. I have NEVER felt more unsafe and alone in my life. Ever. But it was about to get much worse as my no contact would enrage him so much that a week later he drove down to Mexico and broke into my condo: Retaliation is Real - Home Invasion #2 .
I have no lessons learned on this one. Just be careful out there.
I’m so sorry to hear this. What an awful experience. And this is only one part of many as far as I can see. Have you found somewhere safe now?
Hi Single Dad! Nice to hear from you!! It’s been way too long.
Yes, I am safe now. This break-in happened in Sept. 2022… Part 2 is when he broke into my Mexico condo. Scary shit.
I am just now sharing my stories… It’s taken a while to come to terms with everything… and writing it out on my blog helps me release the experience and move on.
As far as safety goes, I am 5 Months post breakup he continues to harass me. I am fortunate to have an Order Of Protection (OOP) in the US so the Ex has so far “honored” by staying away from me and my home. While I am in Mexico it is a different story… OOPs are almost impossible to get, so I stay home or surround myself with friends when I go out.
But for now I am safe. Thank you for caring. So good to hear from you!