Shoot A Mouse, Catch A Criminal
by Ann Richardson
There are just some things in this world you just can't make up (and furthermore, why would you want to?) Like this true crime story out of Utah that involves a mouse, a gun and criminal charges involving a 13-year-old girl.
Last Thursday morning around 2am, police in Taylorsville, Utah, were investigating a shooting at the home of Paul David Kunzler, 34. Apparently one of his roommates, a 28-year-old guy, had decided the best way to take care of a mouse that just happened to take a walk across their kitchen counter, was to shoot at it with a 9mm handgun. Sort of like using a bazooka to take care of a fly. Yeah, not the brightest crayons in the box, hmm?
At any rate, the gunslinger missed the mouse by a long shot and the bullet went through the wall in the kitchen, into the bathroom and hit another roommate - a 27-year-old man - in the stomach. That's why the police were called.
While the police were searching the home for other weapons (because a gun had been used to shoot at a mouse) they found a 13-year-old girl hiding in the basement.
Turns out, this kid had left her house without telling her father where she was going. (Shocker!) Also turns out she and Kunzler had been sleeping with each other (you can start the ewww and yuck, now) for about four months.
Police immediately returned this kid to her parents and arrested and charged Kunzler with attempted rape of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
There could be more charges filed if police determine that the three adults that lived with Kunzler knew he was sleeping with this 13-year-old girl and didn't tell police it was going on, because it's also a crime to not tell police a crime is being committed.
As for the mouse, it got away unharmed. There's a movement to give the rodent an award for bravery and aiding in the discovery of sexual abuse.