Terrified teens spot home intruder hiding behind bathroom door in KC apartment
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) -- Two teenagers and a baby were home alone when they discovered a stranger lurking in their bathroom. The frightening discovery happened at Park Highlands Apartments in the 6400 block of Manchester Avenue in South Kansas City, Mo.
The family said a man broke into their apartment just after sundown and was hiding behind a door in the bathroom when two young women, just 17 and 19 years old, came home with a baby.
"He came through the window, he cut the screen," explained the victim's younger brother, Dalton.
The girls, who were unavailable for on-camera interviews with FOX 4 Tuesday, said they only discovered the intruder when they went to use the bathroom.
"When she looked in the mirror," said Nayisha, the victim's mother, "she seen that someone was behind the door! She actually seen the person`s face."
Dalton said at first, his older sister didn't believe her eyes so she asked her friend to go check. Sure enough, they both saw the man behind the door.
"She was terrified," Dalton said. "She was scared, she didn`t know what to do."
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They said the teens became hysterical, started screaming and ran out of the apartment.
"It`s just a scary thing to witness," Nayisha said. "You come in your home, somewhere you should feel safe, and something like this happens to you."
The man ran out behind the teens and off into the night – but his presence is still being felt.
"Well as you can see, she`s not home," Nayisha said of her 19-year-old daughter. "She doesn't feel safe here."
Nayisha said uneasiness and lingering questions remain about why the man, who didn't steal anything, broke into their home.
"He had all opportunity to really harm them," she said, "and he could've hurt my grandson, but it was like he was afraid to... So I'm not really sure what`s going on."
But she said one thing is for sure:
"The person evidently needs help. Any time you're a man and you're a big man and you're trying to scare a woman in this type of way, you need help. If that`s jail, counseling, whatever it may be, this person needs to be caught and they need the right help."
The teens said the intruder was a black man in his late 20's to early 30's with dreadlocks. They said he was taller than 6 feet, with a stocky build, and probably weighed around 250 pounds. He was wearing all black the night of the break-in.
If you know anything about the case, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.