Intruder wakes eldery Spokane woman



Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An elderly North Spokane homeowner received a frightening awakening Tuesday morning from a burglary suspect.

The victim spoke with KREM 2 News and said she woke around 8:00 a.m. to see an intruder standing over her bed. The 70-year-old woman said she saw the man and screamed. However, the woman wasted no time chasing the intruder out of the house.

She described to KREM 2 News how she scared him off.

“I jumped out of bed, in my nighty, with my robe clutched to my front, I'm chasing him. He'd already propped open the back door for a quick getaway,” said the homeowner.

The woman asked to have her name and face concealed for the interview because she is so scared. She said she ran after her intruder faster than she has ever gone in her life, but it wasn't fast enough.

“I mean he was running like crazy,” she said, “but he was kind of hunched over because he was carrying my purse and the other things”

The woman watched the man run outside, jump over her fence, and vanish. She said that’s when the severity of what happened hit.

“Once he got away, and I came back in, I just fell to pieces,” she added.   

Authorities said the shattered two of her windows and a glass door. The woman expects the clean-up to take days.

Police said the suspect bought music, booze, and made a trip to Safeway using the victim’s credit card. Spokane police did recover fingerprints and one of the suspect's gloves. They will also likely be getting surveillance video of those purchases.

It is the second time a burglar has broken into a home of an elderly woman while they were home. Earlier in April, an elderly woman fired a shot at a burglar and then held him at gunpoint near Dalton and Pittsburg.