Mom comes face-to-face with home intruder

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police have a person of interest but no arrests have been made in the case of a bizarre home invasion in St. George. 

It happened Monday afternoon off North Donlee Drive near Devil’s Saddle. Elizabeth Peterson had just put her 1-year-old daughter down for a nap, and was going to take one herself, when she a loud banging, and thought it was her husband coming home.

It wasn’t. Instead, it was a stranger.

“I sat up in bed and this strange man saw me and just was like completely shocked. He kinda freaked out a little and just turned around and ran out the door,” said Elizabeth.

She called the police and her husband. Then Elizabeth grabbed the family’s gun with thoughts of her daughter on her mind.

“About me knowing that my husband wasn’t home, and I needed to be the one to protect her if anything were to happen, so that’s why I grabbed the firearm, said Elizabeth.

The man ran away, and police and Elizabeth’s husband arrived within minutes. Ken Peterson said the neighborhood is a good one, but there has been an uptick in petty crimes like break-ins as of late.

There’s a homeless camp directly above the homes on Donlee Drive, but it’s not clear if the suspect came from there.

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