‘Complete panic:’ Woman finds intruder squeezing himself through her doggy door

ENCINITAS, Calif. — A woman was caught off guard when an intruder squeezed through a doggy door at her home.

Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Lexie Linberg was in her upstairs bedroom, located just off Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, California, when she got an alert from her Ring doorbell camera. A man was knocking at her door. Thinking it was a delivery, Linberg didn’t answer. Moments later, she got another alert. Someone was in her backyard.

“I heard the doggy door flap. My dog was next to me, so I knew I had a problem. I ran over to the balcony, dropped down and saw feet going through my doggy door and I started screaming,” said Linberg.

Surveillance video showed the same man at her door walked into her backyard. He took off his jacket before squeezing through her 10-inch-wide, 20-inch-tall doggy door.

“Complete panic actually,” said Linberg.

Linberg’s panic was quickly pushed aside by adrenaline.

“I yelled a lot of profanities, told him to get out of my house,” said Linberg.

Linberg, who has taken self defense classes, armed herself.

“Anger. I was mad. I wanted to get the person that was coming to hurt me,” said Linberg.

Next to her was Stella, her 6-year-old Poodle, trained as a guard dog.

“Racing down the stairs with my dog, absolutely going for him at this point,” said Linberg.

Linberg raced into a downstairs room, just in time to see the man’s feet in the doggy door. This time, he was on his way out. She chased him down the street. He got away, but not before cameras caught a good look at the man.

“He needs to be caught. It was obvious he knew what he was doing. He has done this before and will do it again,” said Linberg.

She asked that anyone with information call law enforcement.

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