Dramatic image shows LA woman on roof fleeing from intruder
VENICE, C.a. — A woman was sent into hiding on the roof of her two-floor home after a transient man broke inside Wednesday.
Melora Rivera crawled through a window and called 911 with her cellphone. Wearing only a flannel she was sleeping in, Rivera hid under an eave to escape the man, KTLA reported.
Photos on the scene show Rivera crouched under the eave with the man, identified as Christian Hicks, 29, on the other side of the roof.
“He managed to break one of these panels and reach in to unlock the door,” Rivera told CBS LA. “Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn’t be there. I knew that I didn’t want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was.”
“The drop is, I would guess, more than 20 feet,” Rivera told the station. “So there was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point.”
Police were able to get Rivera off the roof two minutes after they were dispatched. The fire department, which also reported to the scene, helped Rivera down with a ladder.
Hicks was detained earlier in the day by police after a neighbor spotted him wandering into a yard, a neighbor told KTLA. He was let go after the caller refused to identify him in person.
The man is now being held on $50,000 bail and was charged with burglary.