An American woman has shared the terrifying encounter she had with a ‘stalker’ who had broken into her home from her second-storey balcony door.
Hannah Viverette accidentally, and incredibly, captured the moment the intruder opened the door to her apartment.
You can watch encounter in the video above
Viverette was dancing in her home in Hagerstown, Maryland when she heard an unexpected noise.
“In a moment with my eyes closed, I heard my second storey balcony door begin to open,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Startled, I immediately moved towards the door to close it, only to realise there was a man behind the force.”
Behind the door was a man who she had noticed around her apartment building previously, but had never spoken to.
She said the man had made her feel uncomfortable before, but now he was in her home she felt threatened.
“It was the moment I came face to face with him at my door that I knew he was there to harm me,” she said.
“He kept his hands in the pockets of his hoodie with a smirk on his face.”
Viverette described the terrifying encounter as the “scariest moment of my life” in a video she shared on TikTok.
“That moment when you’re recording yourself dancing and your stalker climbs your second story balcony to break in,” she wrote.
In the video, the visibly shaken Viverette is seen asking the man “who are you?” a number of times before requesting that he “please get out”.
As she picks up her phone and backs away, towards another exit, he asks: “Am I your friend?”
“No, please get out,” she responds.
The man persists.
“Who are you? Please get out of my apartment right now,” Viverette continues.
Viverette snaps a quick image of the intruder through her phone.
He can be seen wearing a bright orange top as he continues to peer through the balcony door before eventually leaving.
Viverette frantically retreated to her neighbour’s apartment, where she says she called 911.
A Hagerstown Police Department statement confirmed that 36-year-old Angel Moises Rodriguez-Gomez had been arrested on charges of third- and fourth-degree burglary, second-degree assault, stalking and malicious destruction of property.
He has since been released on bail until his court date – which is not yet known.
Viverette said she was concerned that Rodriguez-Gomez – who is a resident of the building across from hers – is out on bail.
“My intruder had unplugged my Christmas lights that were tightly wrapped around my balcony post, and had cut/tore approximately 2 feet of cord from it,” she wrote on Facebook.
“This cannot be the first attempt he’s ever made to act on stalker behaviour.
“If anyone knows ANYTHING about this man or have ever felt/been uncomfortable/harassed, assaulted in ANY way by him, PLEASE SPEAK UP!!
“I refuse to live in fear and I refuse to let him continue doing this to me or ANYONE.”
The Hagerstown Police Department has since asked for social media users to respect the legal process.
“While there is a video of this incident posted on many social media platforms, the Hagerstown Police Department would like to reiterate that Rodriguez-Gomez is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” it said in a statement.