Northland woman hears footsteps, discovers man pressed against window screen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Northland woman is now terrified to be in her own home after she caught a man staring into her open bedroom window.

It happened at Ethans Apartments off North Hickory Street around 7 o’clock Friday morning.

This week’s warmer weather led her to sleep with her bedroom window open, but her scary story will make you think twice about doing the same this weekend.

“I heard the footsteps plant right in front of the window and heard the breathing,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons, of discovering a stranger was watching her.

The head of her bed is right by a window, and her blinds were partially pulled up.

“I slowly turned my head,” she said, “because I wasn’t sure what to do at that point and could see the silhouette of a face pressed up against the window and I could feel him coming towards me.”

When the man’s his body pressed against the screen, she started to panic and began yelling, "What are you doing?"

“My heart was beating,” she said, “because he’s that close to me. I was terrified because I’m not sure if he’s going to come through the window or what was going to happen at that point.”

Caught in the act, the man ran off – but his unwelcome presence is still being felt.

“[I’m] definitely listening more because right now I’m just so scared,” she said. “So every movement makes me nervous.”

She’s a worried woman with kids of her own who now wants to warn others in her apartment complex. She’s urging them to lock their windows at night, while hoping this doesn't happen to anyone else.

“I don’t know what else to say,” she said. “I really honestly don’t know how to react to this. I’m still in shock.”

The woman said it all happened so fast, she couldn't get a good description of the man and could only describe him as wearing a black hoodie and possibly a white mask.

If you saw him Friday morning, or have any information about the case, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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