KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A pregnant Kansas City woman feared for her family, when a man broke into their home claiming to be a police officer serving a warrant.
In reality, he was just a burglar looking for cash.
“Here’s the screen where he had ripped the screen,” said Mindy Padilla, who is 7 months pregnant with her second child. “This is where police tried to check for fingerprints.”
Padilla is still shaken after a man broke into her family's South Kansas City home in the middle of the night through a back window, then went room-to-room looking for valuables and cash.
The intruder pocketed a wallet before making it to Padilla’s bedroom, where she, her husband, and their 3-year-old daughter were fast asleep.
“He came in my room,” she said, “telling us to get up and that he needed to see some ID. But really, he wanted you to give him your wallet.”
Padilla said the man told her more police officers were outside and he was there to help them serve a search warrant.
“[I was] very scared,” Padilla said. “Being pregnant and all… I didn’t know if he had a gun, a knife, you didn`t know what he had on him because he came into your room in the dark, you know? You didn`t know what to expect.”
When she reached for her phone to call 911, Padilla said the stranger grabbed her arm and she screamed.
“Then it freaked him out so he ran out the front door,” she said. “He ran fast.”
Her husband ran after the intruder, but it was too late. It was so dark, Padilla said it was tough to get a good suspect description – leaving her family now feeling uneasy in their own home.
“You can`t even sleep at night because you keep staring at the door, thinking, ‘Is he going to be there again?’” she said. “You know, it`s really scary.”
Police are investigating another break-in just like this that happened two minutes down the road the same morning. The suspect in that crime also said he was serving a search warrant.
Police have yet to make any arrests, so if you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.