15-year-old awakens to intruder in her bedroom

Written by Kelly Ducote, The Observer September 25, 2013 09:49 am

A La Grande teenager woke up to a frightening sight over the weekend.

Spring Roberts said it was early Saturday morning when her 15-year-old daughter awoke to find a stranger sitting on her bed.

Roberts said her husband had just left for work around 5:30 a.m. when a man entered the unlocked door and went to her daughter’s bedroom at their house on Second Street.

“He entered into her room, which was a closed door. He was about the build of her brother, so she thought it was her brother,” Roberts said.

After a few moments, she realized it was not who she thought it was, Roberts said. She grabbed her iPad to shine some light on him and realized she did not know the man. She then began yelling at the man to get out of her room.

“He ran out and she barricaded herself in her room and called her older brother,” who came up with a rifle, Roberts said. “She was just scared, completely shaken.”

La Grande Police have little to go on since there was no criminal activity other than a trespass. Officers were not able to locate the man by the time they got to the scene.

Roberts’ daughter described the man as about 5-foot-11 with wavy blonde hair. She thought he could be in his mid-30s and was wearing a red shirt with khaki shorts.

Roberts said the incident has her family, friends and neighbors “highly alerted.”

The most unnerving thing about it, Roberts said, is that the man went straight into her 15-year-old daughter’s room.

“We’re trying to find out if it’s potentially someone we know,” she said. 

If it wasn’t, Roberts said maybe Craigslist advertisements or other online information was too available.

“We’ve maybe been too free with putting our information out there and letting them come into our home,” she said.

La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey said it’s not clear what the intent of the man was. Perhaps he was intoxicated and stumbled into the wrong house, or it could have been someone with ill intent, Harvey said.

“The obvious No. 1 precaution is to lock the house up,” Harvey said. “It’s kind of like the car prowls, people can get lax.”

Harvey said it’s also important that people dial 911 as soon as possible, especially if something is happening at the moment.

Roberts said the incident has been a wake-up call. They have changed their locks and are trying to be proactive.

“We all kind of have to watch out for each other and watch out for our kids,” she said.

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