83-Year-Old Holds Back Would-Be Home Invader

By: Karen Morfitt
By: Karen Morfitt
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A homeowner's threats to call police send a would-be home invader running Wednesday morning as he's attempting to break the lock, and she's holding the door closed.

Colorado Springs police say it happened around 9:30 a.m. at a home near N. Institute and Filmore. Initially the suspect rang the front doorbell. When no one answered the door, the suspect went to the back door and started using a tool to try to break through the door.

That's when the 83-year-old Betty Romano began yelling at him through a closed window, but the criminal was undeterred. She says she was forced to put her weight against the door to keep the man out of her home. She then yelled that she was going to call the police and that's when the suspect fled.

"Well the door was open, I'm holding it on this side and I said 'I’m calling the cops,' he’s still pounding with whatever and then I guess he believed me, because I’m still holding the door and he left.”

The would-be robber is been described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old, 5-foot4 to 5-foot-6, with short hair and a short beard, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants. He also had a noticeable tattoo on the right side of his neck.

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