She woke up to find a strange man in her bedroom. Then he started taking off his clothes

“He sat on my couch and started undressing and touching himself. And that’s when I was like no."
Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 4:09 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 6:19 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kapahulu woman is safe after confronting a man who allegedly broke into her home on Wednesday night, walked into her bedroom and started taking off his clothes.

During an interview Friday morning, the woman told HNN she was asleep inside her home on Olokele Avenue when she heard her bedroom door open and saw the stranger walk into her room.

“He came in around 11:40 p.m.,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

Confused, she said she thought it might be a friend.

“He had a blanket over his head so I didn’t know who it was,” the woman said.

“I said who are you? Why are you here? And he just kind of giggled. I think he was high on meth.”

She said the man wouldn’t leave.

Police identified the suspect as James Burrios.

“He sat on my couch and started undressing and touching himself. And that’s when I was like no. This isn’t one of my friends. I’ve got to get out of here. This is dangerous,” said the woman.

She managed to get away from him and lock herself in the bathroom.

Over the next few minutes, she says the 35-year-old suspect stripped down naked and wandered through the house. She said her roommate was in another bedroom and that she had no idea anything was going on.

“So he came back with the blanket on and I was like you need to get out of my house right now,” said the woman. “As he walked out I pulled off the blanket at that point he was naked and ran out the door.”

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured video of a shadowy figure leaving the house.

It was enough of a clue to lead police in the right direction.

Law enforcement sources say officers found Burrios in a nearby yard wearing just underwear and a crop top.

Neighbors say they’re relieved he was caught.

“That would be absolutely shocking to wake up and have a random person in your home,” said Scott Chidea.

Court records show Burrios has nearly a dozen convictions over the past 15 years for crimes like criminal trespassing, burglary, assault and harassment.

After her run-in with the suspect, the woman told HNN she plans to step up her security.

“We are purchasing some lights that will turn on, motion sensor lights. And also we’re going to put in some cameras,” she said.

The woman had this advice for others, “Lock your doors. Be on the lookout.”

An HPD spokesperson said Burrios remains behind bars. He has not yet been charged.

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