Home Alone, Frightened Woman Frightens Off Burglars

By merely making a movement near another window, resident sends two would-be break-in artists packing after they start cutting her kitchen screen.


A young Wauwatosa woman grew more and more afraid as, first, someone repeatedly rang her doorbell while she was home alone, then went to her kitchen window and began to cut open her screen.

But in the end, it was she who frightened them off, probably just by making a movement near another window and letting them know there was someone home.

According to police reports:

At 5:51 p.m. last Friday, a woman in her mid-20s who recently moved into a home in the 6400 block of West Wright Street with her boyfriend reported that two young men had just tried to break in.

She told police that her doorbell had rung several times, but being home alone and it being dark, she didn’t answer.

Shortly after, she said, she heard two male voices outside her kitchen window, and then what she thought sounded like her window screen being cut.

She went into the next room, peered out a window, and saw two subjects dressed in all black clothing. They apparently saw her, too, she said, because they suddenly ran off.

Wauwatosa police found two holes cut in the kitchen window screen. Officers searched the area but found no sign of the burglars.

The woman said that the only description she could give was that both subjects appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s and were both about 5-feet 5-inches tall.

Joseph November 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
It probably would have been better if she were armed. They is no way in telling that the perps wouldn't break in anyway and commit rape along with the burglary.
alt ideas needed November 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Joseph, I am all for the right to bear arms and the castle doctrine, but your comment makes no sense. First, the perps ran off after they saw movement from the lady, so that is a way to tell the perps did not break in and rape her. Second, how do you know she was not armed?
Dave Young November 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
First let me say GREAT JOB to this young woman. Our 3 safety commandments are Remain alert, be decisive and have a pre-planned practiced response. But on Joseph's comment; I own, carry, and train professionals around the world on being safe and responding to dangers. The biggest misconception most people make is they think if they have a gun they are safe. "Being armed does not make you safe and typically from my experiences which are daily there are people who are armed that in many cases are more dangerous than the threats try face. This comment is made from actually seeing people who paid a fee, sit through a lecture consisting of a few hours from someone that did the same thing to get their certification to teach you this class who has not had to draw their firearm under real situations with stress or had to shoot anyone. This does not pertain to all instructors but many! Safety starts with the individual's commitment to be prepared when something happens not by facing it blindly or having to make it up along the way, their lives should be more important to them I know mine is.
Lex Parsimoniae November 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
So, let me get this straight...she could tell their age and height, but not their race? Or, do you simply want to be PC, and not report it? Not trying to race bait, but when reporters pull these stunts (not listing their race), trust erodes; and it doesn't really fool anyone.
Jim Price November 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
"These stunts" of not listing race alone or as one characteristic when there is an inadequate description to have a reasonable expectation of making an identification is the standard practice of all responsible major and mainstream media. It is also the practice supported by nearly all police departments and anti-crime agencies, such as Crime Stoppers. And no, in this case, the victim could not say what race the subjects were.


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