Woman stays calm, avoids becoming a victim when intruder enters her apartment

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A recent CU graduate is still shaken up after an intruder came into her apartment just a couple blocks from campus.

“I guess by staying calm and not making myself look like a victim I didn’t become one,” she said.

The morning of July 6, she took a shower and was getting dressed when she heard a man in the apartment call out maintenance.

“He was already in my apartment, he didn’t knock, just walked in, and then I approached him and realized he wasn’t my maintenance man he was just a young college kid.”

She doesn’t know how long he was in the apartment, and said he was holding an open backpack in one arm and was frightened because she didn’t know what was inside.

“I tried to stay as calm as possible, and meanwhile I’m looking around to see if anything would help me out in this situation.”

What she did after that, may have kept the situation from getting much worse.

“I wasn’t going to let him get down the hallway to my roommate; that was my first priority. And then second, I just had to accept that something could happen to me. That was so hard but you just have to accept that or you’ll panic.”

Eventually, she talked the intruder out of her apartment and called police.

“It’s definitely nerve racking because you just feel like you’re being watched in your own apartment, which is really creepy.”

She also told us police said this could be a first step for predators. They’ll keep doing it until they get caught, or something worse happens.

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