Louisville, Q. (Wave) – Louisville Metro Police officers are searching for a man accused of breaking into a woman’s home, stealing her car, and kidnapping her.
LMPD 4th Division Major Tiffany Tatum told WAVE 3 News officers responding to a progress break-in in the 100 block of E. Ormsby Avenue on Sunday morning. Tatum said officers arrived within minutes and found the suspect had already fled the scene.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told WAVE 3 News that she saw a man standing on her bed dressed in head-to-toe black and demanded his car keys.
“I can’t even go into my bedroom without this view of what I call the gorilla silhouette,” said the woman. “It’s a very frightening thing. And I’m like, ‘What are you doing in my house?’ And he’s saying, ‘Where are your car keys, where are your car keys?'”
The woman said the man pushed into her window, broke into the house and searched her belongings looking for her keys.
When he could not find them, he woke her up and demanded that he hand them over. The woman said she refused to give him her keys, and fought back for a while.
Eventually, she said the man grabbed her and forced her to walk into his garage with the intention of stealing the car and kidnapping her.
“I was in the yard and I started yelling,” she said. “Of course, nobody listens to me. Then he held his hand, and said ‘Stop yelling, you’re going to come with me.'”
The victim told WAVE 3 News that the man loosened his grip when he tried to open her garage door, which freed him and fled to the neighbor’s house. When they called the police, the accused tried to start his car and fled.
Tatum is seeking the help of neighbors to identify and apprehend the suspect.
“The community is our best asset, because they know the area better than we do,” Tatum said. “They know who fits and who doesn’t. And they’re always the ones who help us find the suspects.”
When the police investigated, the neighbors extended a helping hand to the victim.
On Monday, a neighbor set up security arrangements in his house for peace of mind.
Physically, the woman has injury marks on her shoulder, face and hand. Emotionally, she is still shaken. However, he is grateful for his strong will, which ultimately saved his car and his life.
“I’m not going to drive my car some punk, and all I get back is junk,” the woman said. “So I was determined not to do it. Politically, it is not the right thing to do, but in fact, it worked.”
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