By SUSAN JONES and MICHELLE SAWYERKAPICIIENNEThe New York PostNew York MagazinePublished April 16, 2018 14:16:00By MICHALIE SAWYNECIENCELLO, Contributing WriterThe past year has been a whirlwind of unexpected adventures for a former firefighter in Northern California.
On the morning of June 8, 2018, Michael “Mike” Cottrell, 51, and his girlfriend, Kristina, had planned to spend the night at the Pismo Beach cabin, which was built by a company called Camp Fire.
But when they awoke that morning, the cabin’s lights were off and there was no one at the door.
As the couple waited for the cabin to be fixed, Mike’s phone rang.
It was a firefighter who’d been calling for him.
Mike’s girlfriend had a boyfriend, and when Mike told the dispatcher that he was going to call his girlfriend to pick up a bag, he asked the dispatcher if he could borrow his backpack.
The dispatcher told Mike to get out of the cabin.
The couple walked to the back of the motel and got a cab.
At the front desk, Mike was waiting.
“We didn’t have any money, so we didn’t think he’d be around,” Kristina told The New York Times.
But Mike had a bag in his backpack and his phone rang again.
“So he went back inside the motel, and I didn’t know what was going on.
I didn, and he was saying, ‘I have a bag of money.
We need to get it.’
And I was like, ‘Are you serious?’
He said, ‘Yeah.’
And he started talking to me.
And I told him, ‘Hey, I think I’ve got to go back inside.'”
Mike’s wife, Kristin, had her back turned to her husband, and she told the reporter: “He just kind of walked out.
And when he got out, he walked right over to the front door and started yelling at me.”
Mike went back to the cabin and was greeted by Kristina.
“I was like: ‘Hi, Mike, are you alright?’
He was like,’ ‘No, I don’t want to talk to you.’
And then he started getting really aggressive.
He started getting into the kitchen, and then he just started grabbing me.
I said, I’m not going to let him touch me.
It’s not worth it.
I told the cab driver to call the police.””
I thought that was crazy,” Kristin said.
“But he kept talking to Kristin.
He kept saying, I can’t talk to anyone.
And he just kept pushing.
I was just like, No, no, I want him to leave.
And the cabdriver just put his hand on his shoulder and started walking away.
I’m like, I thought he was trying to scare me.
But I didn�t know what to do.
So I just just kept walking.””
He kept saying: ‘This is not happening,'” Kristin recalled.
“He kept talking about how the cops are not going see him.”
At first, Kristi was confused.
She’d heard a lot about people being attacked and robbed in the motel by strangers, but she was not sure what to think.
“I just started to cry.
I felt like I was having a panic attack.
I couldn’t move my head,” she told The Times.
“And I was thinking: Is this real?
Is this really happening?
What am I going to do?”
When Kristin got out of bed that morning to get ready for work, she realized she was the only person in the cabin who didn’t own a backpack.
“It was kind of a relief, because I didn’ know if he was OK or not,” she said.
Mike started taking Kristin out to the woods and camping.
Kristin’s boyfriend, Ryan, and her daughter, Caitlin, followed him.
As Kristin climbed into the truck, she saw a man on the ground.
He was trying desperately to get away from Mike, but he couldn’t.
She jumped in, grabbed the man by the neck and threw him against the ground, knocking him to the ground and holding him down.
“That was when the panic really set in,” Kristi said.
The couple pulled out the man’s phone, and Mike told Kristin that the person on the phone was his girlfriend.
Kristina said she was stunned and stunned again.
She tried to tell her husband that Mike was lying to her.
“He’s telling the truth,” Kristins mom, Barbara, said.
Kristin said Mike told her that he had been trying to call Kristin to pick her up.
“It was all so very scary,” she recalled.
The next morning, Kristins boyfriend and