- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Los Angeles woman escaped through her second-story window and hid half-naked on the roof after a mentally ill homeless man broke into her home Wednesday morning.

Christian Hicks, 29, has been charged with burglary after he broke into the home of Melora Rivera, who was sleeping in bed when she heard him enter her home.

“He managed to break one of these panels and reach in to unlock the door,” she told a local CBS affiliate. “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.”

Wearing only a flannel shirt, Miss Rivera said she managed to crawl out of a window with her cellphone and call 911, the station reported. She hid on the roof under an eave until police arrived roughly two minutes later.

“The drop is, I would guess, more than 20 feet,” she told the station. “So there was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point.”

The fire department helped Miss Rivera off the roof as police worked to subdue the suspect, who had been briefly detained earlier that morning for wandering into a neighbor’s yard.

He is accused of burglary and is being held on $50,000 bail.

“I think it’s very obvious for most of us who live around here, when someone seems to be suffering from a mental illness, and to continue to let these people walk around without offering them assistance, to protect them and us,” Miss Rivera told the station. “That, I think, is the heart of the problem.”

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