Fast-acting woman escapes during terrifying break-in

May 30, 2013 4:59:50 PM PDT
A woman home alone suffered some terrifying moments when she heard a man trying to force his way in her house in the middle of the day, but fortunately, although she feared the worst, she acted fast, and she was unhurt.

The break-in happened on Cedar Park near Seton Lake Drive in northwest Harris County. In a panic, that woman called police as the intruder forced his way inside.

"He knew what he was doing and he's a repeat offender," said victim Damita Wyatt.

After a half hour stand-off with deputies, Kevin Johnson was taken into custody.

Wyatt said, "I was shaking all over but I tried to keep calm."

Wyatt was home alone Thursday morning when she heard a crash.

"I heard the window shatter so I hurried and got my purse," she recalled. "I wanted to just get out and call 911."

Wyatt's alarm never went off. Somebody had cut the lines. But Wyatt managed to get out and shut the garage door behind her. She was outside watching as she says Johnson frantically ran around her home, ransacking her room and breaking another glass door.

Wyatt said, "Seems like he had a cap on his head, but when he came out he only had his underwear."

When deputies arrived, they say Johnson first ran into the attic, and then hid in the garage. When he finally came out, deputies say he was carrying a gun and knife.

"I'm just glad to be here," Wyatt said. "I'm blessed."

But even as workers board up the home, Wyatt says she and her son won't spend the night at the house. They're staying with family.

Dr. Anjanette Wyatt, Damita's sister, said, "It's very disturbing that you can't live without somebody invading your privacy. For those single mothers who live alone, what does this mean?"

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