Paradise Hills woman escapes from armed robber in her own home during SWAT standoff
Last Updated: 200 days ago
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A woman’s day off work turns into a terrifying nightmare when a suspected armed robber breaks into her home in the Paradise Hills area of National City and holds her hostage.
Cecilia DeMesa says she had just got back from the hair salon, and was watching television inside her bedroom. She thought she was home alone, until someone knocked at her bedroom door.
“I thought it was my brother-in-law knocking on my door,” DeMesa explained. “I opened the door, and it’s another guy.”
That's when the man, who police said had robbed a gas station earlier, asked DeMesa for help.
“He says help me, help me, they are shooting me,” DeMesa added. “I locked the door right away, and I ran to my bathroom right away and locked that door. When I opened the window, I saw the SWAT team pointing the gun in front of [my] house.”
DeMesa was forced to escape through a small bathroom window, just as the suspect tried to take off, too.
Witnesses say the man tried to steal DeMesa’s car from her garage, but was stopped by a hail of bullets from police. He died just feet away from DeMesa’s home.
“I didn’t know that would ever happen,” DeMesa said. “I’m still so scared.”
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