FWPD: Woman attacked while asleep in her own home

News 8's Lauren Zakalik has more.

FORT WORTH -- It is an alleged crime Fort Worth police are calling bold and brazen.

As a young woman slept in her north Fort Worth home early Saturday morning, her surveillance cameras captured a man casing her home.

"He just comes out of nowhere," she said, as she watches the video with us. "And look. He’s turning around, like looking in the window, watching me sleep.”

He pulls his sleeves over his hands as he searches for a way in the home.

"Now he's covered his hands so his fingerprints won't show,” the woman said.

But what did show on the video was his face, clear as day in the dead of night.

"At first, I was immobile because I thought I was in a dream," she says. We are not identifying the victim because she still fears for her safety.

She says she'd come home late from work and had fallen asleep watching the show "A Stranger in My Home" on the Investigation Discovery channel, which you can see on the security video. The show's title quickly became her reality.

Video shows the man coming through an unlocked window, walking around the apartment, and eventually out of the sight of the camera as approaches her sleeping on the couch.

"I woke up to him putting his hand over my mouth and nose and strangling me with the other hand," the young woman said.

Video then shows her struggle with the man.

"Now, he's about to demand me to take my clothes off. That's what he’s telling me right now — to take my pants off, and that's what I'm doing," she said. "While I’m doing that, I notice the window's open, so I go to jump out the window. He drags me and pulls me back in. I start screaming for help and he takes off running."

Fort Worth police confirm they're investigating the incident and are looking for the man in the images.

"Anybody who’s bold enough to go inside someone's residence knowing they're home is someone we’re concerned about," said Sgt. Marc Povero.

"Somebody like this needs to be taken off the street," he continued. "We would recommend people lock their doors and close their windows at night."

As for the young woman, she is shaken, but physically OK.

"When I saw that window, I thought in my head, ‘If you're going to get out of here alive, this is your one and only time, you better make your move now,'" she said.

The victim is sharing her story and her video in hopes no other woman will go through her nightmare.

Police urge anyone with tips about the suspect or the crime to call Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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