KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Northland teenage girl came face-to-face with an intruder this weekend, after she caught a man watching her and a friend through a glass sliding door.
The teen thinks the man was trying to break into her apartment at the Regency North Apartments on North Jefferson Street.
Mari, at 17-year-old high school junior, was up into the wee hours of Sunday morning chatting with a female friend in her living room when they heard a scratching noise coming from her floor-level patio.
“In my gut, I knew it was out of the ordinary,” said Mari.
She decided to investigate, walking over to the glass sliding door and pulling back the drapes.
“At first I didn’t see anybody,” she said. “Then I came back and I saw him and he was just kind of looking at me like this, like, ‘Are you going to open the door?’”
The encounter her face-to-face with a stranger later identified by police as Eric Burhop – a man Mari believes had been watching them through thin curtains and was perhaps waiting to break into her family's apartment.
“It was scary,” she said. “Like it honestly happened way too fast because as soon as I opened it, I shut it right away because I couldn`t believe my eyes. I was just like, ‘Yo, somebody’s really there!’ I was really freaking out.”
“You would think once you have gotten caught trying to break into someone`s house, they would run away,” Mari said.
But not Burhop, who responding officers thought might be under the influence and was found carrying a knife.
“They explained it was a big butcher knife and I was like, ‘Wow,’” said Mari.
Burhop was arrested and is now charged in municipal court with prowling. Meanwhile, Mari is still struggling to make sense of it all.
“I was really shocked,” she said, “because it felt like I was on a movie, you know? I didn`t think that really could happen to me. It can happen to anyone, but I don`t think people really think it can happen to them, but it does.”
This report comes just two days after another Northland woman – who lives in a different apartment complex just four miles from this teenager – told police she caught a man staring into her apartment window. Police say they don't know if this is the same man.