The 1 Time Blake Shelton Stopped A Burglary
Blake Shelton, the country music star and judge for The Voice, is originally from a small town in Oklahoma called Ada. He has been pumping out hits since the early 2000s and is no stranger to the spotlight.
Though Shelton often makes the news for his hit songs, he also grabs headlines for news unrelated to his career successes. Whether it’s his odd hair care choices or the controversy over whether or not he really was the “Sexiest Man Alive,” Shelton receives his fair share of non-musical publicity.
Thanks to several incidents of him rescuing others, we can now add being an all-around nice guy to the number of reasons why the media loves to talk about him.
Blake Shelton once thwarted a robbery
Shelton’s family still lives in his hometown of Ada, and it was on one particular night in 2007 that something alarming happened to his uncle, Dempsey Byrd.
At around 11 p.m. he awoke to a large stranger in his house. He called his sister, Dorothy Shackleford, Shelton’s mom, and told her what was occurring. It’s unclear why he called her instead of the police, but perhaps in this small town, nearby family was the faster option. Luckily Shelton was in town at the time and he and his mother hopped in their truck to go help.
The incident was resolved without any scuffle. According to Shackleford, Shelton saw the intruder through the window and simply knocked on the front door. When the intruder opened it Shelton said: “Hey, you’re in my house, man.”
The suspect was a presumably drunken James Robert Gastineau, and Shelton sat and waited with him on the porch for police to come. Gastineau was charged with public intoxication and first-degree burglary.
Reporters caught wind of the story and asked Shackleford if her son had signed any autographs for the police. She commented that she wasn’t sure they recognized him.
Blake Shelton was part of at least two more rescues in Oklahoma
Shelton happened to be in the right place at the right time to rescue perfect strangers in 2015, and not just once, but twice. The first incident occurred in June while driving through Ardmore, a town about an hour southwest of Ada. Tropical storm Bill had caused some flooding on the roads and Roho Hartman made the mistake of thinking he could make it through one patch of flooding.
His car stalled out and when Shelton happened upon him, the water was to his waist as he attempted to push his car uphill.
Shelton towed him out and gave him a ride home. This time, he was recognized and Hartman was excited to tell his wife the news. When they arrived at his home, they even took some photos together.
Blake Shelton is called a “caring guy”
Later that year, in November, Shelton was at it again, this time rescuing four people in Ravia, Oklahoma. Bryar Blanton, his cousin, and two friends were enjoying a day by the river when, according to Blanton, they “slid off into a mud hole for about two hours.”
He and a friend had begun to walk when they happened to run into Shelton.
Shelton attempted to pull them out with his truck, and when that didn’t work, he went back for his tractor. That did the trick. Blanton said: “He came back and got us out and chatted for a minute and talked to us about hunting. Blake is an all-around good caring guy.”
Hartman had also described Shelton as “a good fella” for his rescue and even went as far as to call him a hero.