SWAT team hits wrong N. Toledo home

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

NORTH TOLEDO (WTOL) - A north Toledo woman is living in fear tonight due to a close call with police more than two weeks ago.

Tanya Michael says the SWAT team busted through her Regina Manor apartment, but she doesn't feel she has received remorse from the police department.

"I'm just angry very angry. I'm trying to get over it, but I keep seeing it."

It's all so vivid. Michaels was sitting on her couch watching TV. Her door was propped open with this trash can when all of a sudden, "They pushed the door open, kicked that out the way, and they just surrounded me."

The SWAT team, about 15 officers, came face-to-face with 63-year-old Michaels who is anything but the usual suspect.

She says they were wearing black masks and uniforms and carried rifles. "I kept hollering, 'What are you doing? I'm not doing anything.' They didn't answer me."

Michaels said the fear continued. "They started going through by bedrooms and told me, 'You better not move.' I said, 'I'm not moving. I'm just sitting here."

It turns out the SWAT team had the wrong apartment. They were supposed to bust into one nearby, which they did later.

So they made a mistake, which unfortunately happens, but Michaels says she's paying for it. She can't sleep. "I'm angry. I have bad nightmares, bad nights. I'm embarrassed."

Her favorite pastime is no longer relaxing. It's nerve wrecking. Her thoughts are constantly on what went down and what could have happened. "I never had a gun pointed at my face before. What if I would have gotten shot, and then they found out they shot the wrong person. Then what?"

Problem Solver Mika Highsmith spoke with Police Chief Navarre. He said verbal miscommunication between two team members caused the mistake, and they are taking care of that situation. He has apologized and has promised to call Michaels to work things out.