Elderly woman escapes burglar in her home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/18/09

Elderly woman escapes burglar in her home

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An elderly woman's quick thinking keeps her safe as someone breaks into her home, but now police need your help to track down the man who did this.

Pauline Terry, 89, has lived in the 4600 of Elgin Avenue for more than 20 years and says she always felt safe, but that all changed Thursday morning. When Terry saw a young black man at her door Thursday morning, she wasn't surprised. The man visited her a few times before asking to do yard work, because he was homeless with no money.

Terry gave the man some money for food on Wednesday, but when he returned the next day she asked him to leave and locked her front door. But she remembered earlier her window was open.  "I usually have them locked, but this morning it was so cool, so I raised the window," said Terry.

Terry thought he had left, forgetting that the back window was open. "He just hopped right in," said Terry. The young man grabbed her wrists and demanded money. "It was frightening to look around and see him right in your face," said Terry.

Terry says he wanted $700. Using quick thinking she knew she didn't have the money, but pretended to go get her purse. "I just told him my purse is in here and I'll have to get him the money and of course I didn't have it," said Terry.

Terry ran out the front door and called for help. "This was a brave lady and she certainly took care of herself in this situation and she got herself out of the situation and got help as quick as she could and she was quite resourceful," said Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens. 

Stevens says it's hard to give citizens advice when it comes to strangers knocking on their doors. "Each situation is different and each individual is in different set of circumstances and has to make a decision of what to do on their own," said Stevens.

But no matter what, call 911.  "The quicker you can call us, the quicker we will be able to respond. At the very first opportunity you have to place that 911 call, even if all you can do it dial 911, that will notify us," said Stevens. 

The young man who did this is still on the loose and police need your help to find him. He is described as a black male, about 5'5" tall, around 120 pounds, and is thought to be about 17 years old. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants, and red bandana.

If you have any information please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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