Intruder breaks into 11-year-old girl's room, deputies say
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- An intruder broke into an 11-year-old girl's bedroom early Sunday by removing an air conditioning unit from a window, deputies said. The suspect was quickly confronted by the girl's father and left.
As 11-year-old Emma Reitz and her dad, Christopher Rothaug, recounted, the ordeal was as bizarre as it was terrifying.
The incident was reported just before 6 a.m. at a home at the Oak Leaf Manufactured Home Park, 10660 S.W. Wilsonville Road.
The alleged burglar had crept through the window of the bedroom where Emma was sleeping.
"He told me hello. I just responded 'hi,'" Emma said.
She said the man played with some toys. Then, he lay down on her sister's baby bed in the bedroom and went to sleep.
That's when Emma rushed to her parents' room, alerting them to the intruder, according to a news release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
"I thought maybe he was my dad's friend at first. Or maybe he was supposed to be here," she said.
Emma's father confronted the intruder, telling him to leave.
"I grabbed his foot. Shook it. Woke him up," Rothaug said. "I said, 'You need to leave.' He tried saying it was his Uncle Bob's house. I informed him nobody by that name has lived here for at least 10 years."
Rothaug asked the man to leave again and the intruder relented, leaving through the front door.
Responding police officers and deputies found the suspect -- identified as 31-year-old Jessie James Williams -- walking on Southwest Wilsonville Road about a quarter mile from the home.
Williams was arrested and booked in the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary. Bail was set at $50,000.
Deputies have no idea why Williams targeted the family's house; he has no connections to the family.
Rothaug said he's relieved the ordeal didn't end differently.
"It's a scary thought," he said. "A lot of things could have gone wrong. We got really lucky things turned out peacefully."
"I think I was a pretty lucky person," she said.
Deputies said Williams was able to gain entry because the AC unit was properly secured. Rothaug said he will make sure the unit is now secured.