One woman is standing by the power of prayer after it stopped her attacker in his tracks. We first brought you this story on Eyewitness News Thursday night at 10pm, and now we hear from the victim in her own words.
Normally a strong, independent woman, the victim is now afraid to be home alone. At the same time, her faith is stronger -- she believes she saw it in action.
"I feel like I was saved from this," the victim told us.
The 29-year-old woman believes it wasn't an accident she is sitting with us today physically unharmed. In times of need she always turns to her faith, as she did last week when she came face to face with a stranger in her own home.
"It was just terrifying. It was worse than I ever imagined it to be," she told us.
We agreed not to identify her as she shared her frightening encounter.
"I just started screaming and begging him to stop," she said.
It was early in the morning in the Grand Mission subdivision. She described her attacker to a sketch artist and says she walked into her living room to find him standing there. There was a struggle. He tried to sexually assault her and when she couldn't get to her phone, she turned to prayer.
"I just said, 'Our Father who art in heaven.' I figured I needed God there at that time," the victim told us.
It worked. The man took off and she called 9-1-1. Below is a partial transcript of that call:
Victim: God, please help me. Please!
Operator: 9-1-1, do you need police or?
Victim: Please help me. Somebody ... broke into my house. He probably tried to rape me but I , oh my God ... Hurry up, bring some cops here now.
Operator: OK, I need you to calm down so you can tell me where you're at.
Victim: Oh my God. He was in my house, he was in my room. I was naked. I had just gotten out of the shower.
Operator: Who was in your house?
Victim: I don't know. Some ... kid. And I was naked. I just got out of the shower. Oh my God. Oh Jesus! Oh my God. I started praying and he ran.
Victim: Jesus! Oh my God, God is there for me. Just get someone over here. I'm freaked out. I can't go to sleep. I'm like freaked out.
Operator: OK, OK.
Victim: Oh my God. I could have been raped, I could have been killed.
Operator: OK, calm down, calm down.
Operator: So he probably broke into your house, am I correct about this?
Victim: Probably, my house was broken into before.
Victim: I'm freaked out. He was in my house. I was naked, I didn't have any towels and I was naked into the living room to get towels.
Operator: So he was in your living room?
Victim: He probably tried to rape me. He told me to lay on my back and I kicked him and I put up a fight and he left.
Now she hopes by working with investigators and going public, he'll be stopped.
"My main concern is he's going to escalate. If he doesn't take responsibility for his actions, for what he's done, I'm afraid next time he's going to be successful," she told us.
The victim says her attacker was between 16 and 18 years old. If you have any information, you're urged to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).