OKLAHOMA CITY - A 70-year-old Northwest Oklahoma City woman is sharing the terrifying moment she woke up to find an intruder in her bedroom.
The burglar rummaged through drawers and shelves while Katherine Thomas was fast asleep, but then something woke her.
"When I opened my eyes, there was a man in my bedroom," Thomas said. "I thought oh, no, this is every woman's fear."
By instinct, she began screaming
"I said 'Who are you? What are you doing in here?' You know, 'Get out! Get out!,'" Thomas said.
She said what the masked man did next still haunts her.
"He ran at me, and he shoved me back down on the bed, and he put his hand across my mouth," Thomas said. "We struggled for a little bit, but I was able to, my legs were free, and they were off of the bed, and I was able to kick him, and I got him in the stomach.”
The burglar ran with Thomas following close behind.
"Well, he had run to my front door and got the main door open, but he couldn't get the storm door unlocked, because the latch is really tricky," Thomas said.
So, she said he made his way out the same door he broke into.
He not only left a hole in the screen but also damaged the gate before he took off down the road.
When she took a look around, Thomas was surprised the only thing missing was her medication and not her wallet that was laying in plain sight.
Though he did not get away with a lot of her material possessions, he did take away something more valuable - her peace of mind.
"I can't sleep at night,” Thomas said. “I didn't realize how traumatic, that it really did affect me.”
Even though she was terrified, Thomas was able to get a look at the suspect.
She said he is a really thin, white man who stands about 6’2.
If you know who he is, call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.
Thomas said she is only sharing her story in hopes of getting the suspect caught and to warn others to keep their doors locked and alarm systems activated.