CHESTERFIELD, Va. — The Virginia woman who broke into a family’s new home, wearing no clothes and claiming to be the devil, has been arrested and charged with assault and battery, malicious wounding and breaking and entering. The family is still traumatized from the incident as they believe the woman, who seemed “possessed,” wanted to kill them.
The intruder has been identified as Ryan Doss, 29, of North Chesterfield. She is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail and is expected to undergo a mental health evaluation.
The incident took place on the Fourth of July, the first night that the Lewis family was staying in the home. Much to their surprise, they discovered a naked woman with a blue ponytail who refused to leave.
“I said, ‘Who are you?’” Mr. Lewis recalled to reporters. “She said, ‘I need your help. Please help me.’ I said, ‘Get out of my house,’ and she goes, ‘I’m the devil.’”
He said that the woman “looked possessed, her eyes were completely black, like saucers, and she was laughing like it was a joke.”
Lewis tried to scare the woman away, firing all the rounds he had in his possession — 39 in all — as warning shots, and also issuing verbal warnings. But instead of frightening the woman, she rather charged at him.
“She was not stopping,” he told local television station WRIC. “She had the strength of four grown men.”
As some have wondered about the number of rounds fired, Lewis’ wife, Melissa, acknowledged that her husband did shoot repeatedly, but noted that “he was not meaning to kill her.”
“He was trying to scare her, but she kept coming. We just wanted her out of our house,” she outlined.
Reports state that when Lewis ran out of bullets, he began throwing furniture. His wife also got involved, holding the woman down and punching her.
“She was in to kill us,” she told reporters. “That was her almighty, to kill us. She attacked us, and I held her down just kept on punching her and punching her as hard as I possibly could.”
The couple’s 12-year-old son, Logan, also became involved and shoved a wrench into Doss’ neck.
When police arrived, Doss was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, and is now booked in the Chesterfield County Jail.
The family says that the ordeal has traumatized them, although they are simply thankful to be alive. Their house is riddled with bullet holes and stained with blood, and they are currently staying in a hotel while also trying to clean up their home.
They are awaiting to hear how much their insurance company will cover and appreciate any prayers in the meantime.
“Ourselves and our son are having to get some psychiatric help,” Melissa Lewis told WRIC, outlining that she has also been losing sleep over the matter.
The Lewis’ believe that Doss should be charged with attempted murder.