‘I’m still the man of house!’ Father who sparked police raid after he was heard screaming ‘why don’t you die?’ at a SPIDER reveals how he killed it with a NAPPY – and insists his girlfriend doesn’t think he’s a big wuss
- Rhys Howard created police frenzy after his screams were heard by a neighbour
- Neighbour dialled police after hearing a man scream ‘why don’t you just die?
- Police stormed the property but were relieved to find a different kind of intruder
- Mr Howard had been screaming at a spider which had crawled into his kitchen
- Mr Howard recalls the embarrassing moment a police squad stormed his home
On Wednesday, Rhys Howard (pictured) was heard by terrified neighbours screaming ‘why don’t you die?’ – sparking a police emergency
The father who ignited a three-car police raid in a quiet suburban street after he was heard screaming ‘why don’t you die?’ at a spider has admitted he killed it with a nappy.
Rhys Howard’s blood-curdling screams were so loud his scared neighbours frantically called the police thinking a violent murder was occurring.
The 30-year-old father-of-two, who carries a serious disdain for the eight-legged creatures, has recalled the moment a police squad stormed his Perth home early on Wednesday morning.
‘I was out in the backyard with my daughter and my partner Kara answered the door to the police. They seemed really concerned,’ Mr Howard told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They said they had recorded reports of a toddler crying and someone yelling ‘why don’t you die’.
‘Kara laughed and said that that was my partner Rhys, he was killing a spider.’
The spider that created the police emergency was either a ‘white tail or huntsman around the size of a ten cent piece (pictured)
However, once police arrived at his Wanneroo property, his partner Kara Chook, (pictured left with Mr Howard right) relieved them by saying that it had just been his partner ‘killing a spider’
Though Mr Howard doesn’t exactly suffer from arachnophobia, his partner Kara, who calls herself ‘the man of the house’ usually does the killing.
But since she was in the shower at the time, Mr Howard mustered up the courage to take on the critter himself.
‘The thought of it being loose in the house and not knowing where it was gave me the adrenaline to kill it,’ he said.
Police told Daily Mail Australia they dispatched three units to his address due to the ‘severity of the call’.
‘They came out the back and Kara said to me ‘you’re in trouble!’ I was thinking ‘oh god what have I done why are there police here’.’
Three police units were dispatched to the Wanneroo property, with the screenshot (pictured) taken after police visited the home and realised the mishap, has since gone viral around the country
Mr Howard revealed to Daily Mail Australia that his partner Ms Chook (pictured together) ‘usually does the killing’, but she was in the shower during the incident
‘They then had a grin on their face and asked ‘did you get it?’.
‘I was like ‘get what?’ and they said ‘the spider’. That’s when I tired red and started laughing and apologising.
‘I get that I can be a little over the top.’
When asked about the spider that started the frenzy, Mr Howard said it was either a ‘white tail or a huntsman around the size of a ten cent piece’ and revealed how it met its end with an unlikely weapon.
‘We are toilet training our daughter at the moment so I was looking for a shoe or something to kill it with and the only thing I could find was a nappy,’ he said.
‘So I picked it up and repeatedly mashed it with the nappy and was screaming ‘why won’t you die!’.
‘I was also yelling at my daughter to stay in the playroom and to not come near me so it probably did sound terrifying to someone walking by.’
The pair are thankful for the worried neighbour who contacted the police, so much that they have reached out to a community Facebook page but have yet to get into contact with them
When asked if they had contacted their worried neighbours after the incident, he said they still have no idea who they are.
‘We posted in the Edgewater Facebook page asking who it was and wanted to thank them for calling the police,’ he said.
‘It is nice to live in a suburb with friendly neighbours looking out for my family.’
Wanneroo police also praised the worried neighbour for their quick thinking and despite the frantic drive to their home, were relieved at what they found.
‘Obviously it was the preferred outcome,’ Senior Sergeant Simon Hazell told Daily Mail Australia.
The spider that had started the police frenzy was either a Huntsman or White Tail Mr Howard revealed, and met its unfortunate demise with his toddlers nappy (stock image)