A southeast Atlanta woman heard her pets in distress before she rounded a corner to find a strange man standing in her kitchen.
She tried to run, screaming for someone to help, and was then knocked over the head, according to Atlanta police. The rest of the Tuesday night ordeal was captured on a neighbor’s doorbell camera.
In the video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, startled neighbors on Gilbert Street run out onto their porch. The woman’s shrieks can be heard across the street, and a man and a woman in the video call to her.
“What’s wrong? What’s wrong?” they asked.
Zach Wollerson told Channel 2 he saw the intruder come out of the woman’s house and start down the street, which is located in the Woodland Hills neighborhood just off Moreland Avenue. In the video, Wollerson is seen pushing his fiancée back inside their home as he takes off running after him.
“Who are you?” Wollerson yelled after the man. “Get out of here!”
He told the news station he knew nothing about what happened to his neighbor, but he wanted to do what he could to keep her and his fiancée safe. Wollerson pursued the man into a wood line at the end of the street before losing sight of him, according to police.
Police arrived on scene just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the intruder was long gone. The woman, who did not want to be identified, refused medical attention at the scene.
She told Channel 2 she assumed her attacker entered the home through an unlocked rear door. When she first spotted him in her kitchen, he was wearing a medical mask.
"I unlocked the door and ran out,” she said. “I put my first foot on the stoop, and he hit me over the head with something, and then I ran out screaming.”
She reported a laptop and some jewelry were stolen, according to Channel 2. While she is now recovering from a bump on her head, she said it could have been much worse.
"It was the scariest thing I've ever had happen in my life," the victim said.
Atlanta police are continuing their investigation, and no arrests have been made as of Thursday morning. The home invasion was the second captured on a doorbell camera in metro Atlanta this week.
On Monday, a DeKalb County mother watched as a man broke into her Oakridge Court home. She spoke to him through her doorbell speaker, telling him to leave and promising to call the cops. The man was not deterred.
The woman was forced to take her 8-month-old daughter and run out a back door when he entered her home. No one was injured in that incident.
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