Woman hit home invader until he fled Elkhart home

A woman living on N. Michigan Avenue awoke to find the suspect and hit him with her hands and a blunt object until he ran away. Elkhart Police are still looking for him.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.

The Elkhart Police Department is asking the public for help to find a suspect who broke into a woman’s house Saturday morning, July 26.

The woman told police she was sleeping in her home between 4 and 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of N. Michigan Street when a noise woke her.

She found a white man in his 20s or 30s in her home. He was described as being between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 6 feet tall, and weighed between 150 and 190 pounds, according to a news release from the Elkhart Police Department.

The victim, Laura Miller, told the Elkhart Truth’s new partner WNDU.com that she had sensed the presence of another person in her bedroom. When she opened her eyes, there was a man standing over her.

“You know how you can feel eyes on you,” Miller said. “I didn't hear anyone in my room. I just woke up to a face over my bed looking at me. That’s when I just freaked out.”

She reached the the nightstand beside her, grabbed a lamp and started hitting the intruder. 

She hit him until he ran away, heading south through her back yard.

After the man left, Miller realized he’d had a knife from her kitchen with him at the end of her bed.

Miller said she thinks the man got in through the home’s back door, which she might have forgotten to lock.

She has since bought a security system for the house, WNDU reported.

Det. Scott Hauser is assigned to the case. Anyone with information can contact him at 574-389-4719 or the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070.

Tips can be left anonymously by calling 389-4777.

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