A California woman escaped a home intruder by crawling through a small window and hiding under an eave on her second floor. She acted quickly, not even fully-clothed. Neighbors recorded the event on camera.
“He managed to break one of these panels and reach in to unlock the door,” said the victim, Melora Rivera, to CBS Los Angeles. “Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn’t be there. I knew that I didn’t want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was.”
“The drop is, I would guess, more than 20 feet. So there was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point.
“It was my biggest fear was that he was going to be forced by the cops to come hide in basically the same place I was hiding,” Rivera said.
Neighbors were able to identify the intruder as a well-known homeless man from the area, Christian Hicks, with the help of social networking. They shared their video and photos and his name came forward.
Rivera spent two minutes trapped on the roof before first responders arrived at the scene. Although Rivera called the police after Hicks broke into the house, thankfully they had already been dispatched after neighbors called 911 earlier that morning. Things could have been worse if not for the vigilance of one Alexandria Thompson.
“I saw this guy this morning in handcuffs,” said Thompson, who saw Hicks prior to the break-in. “I’ve seen him in my yard. I called the police.”
Rivera blamed the event on a failure to address mental illness and homelessness. “I think it’s very obvious for most of us who live around here, when someone seems to be suffering from a mental illness, and to continue to let these people walk around without offering them assistance, to protect them and us.”