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Man Charged With Breaking In Home Caught On Video As Woman Hides On Roof

September 29, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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From NBC News–A man accused of breaking into the home of a Venice woman and forcing her to escape to the roof has been charged with first-degree burglary.

The terrifying event was captured on video.

Christian Broyles Hicks, 29, allegedly broke into a home on the 200 block of Windward Avenue Wednesday morning when the female resident was sleeping.

When the woman saw him, she escaped to the roof of the home and called police.

Los Angeles Police responded to reports of a burglar on the roof and as such, officers had their guns drawn during what turned out to be a confusing scene in the neighborhood north of Venice Boulevard.

The woman was half-clothed and curled up on the roof behind a window unit that extended from the rooftop. According to witnesses, some onlookers and police were unsure whether or not she was the burglar, as the woman refused to come down from the roof despite police demands.

“She’s up on the roof. I don’t know what to think,” a witness told NBC4.

An onlooker who was snapping photos as the scene unfolded told NBC4 that as she was photographing the woman who was on the phone on the roof, a “scary” figure popped up on the other side of the roof.

Upon seeing Hicks, police and onlookers realize the woman on the roof is the victim who is hiding.

A police officer used a fire ladder to rescue the woman. Police said that the woman did everything right by calling the cops and trying her best to escape.

Hicks was detained and led away in handcuffs around 7:15 a.m. According to Romano, he had seen the same man in handcuffs an hour prior to this incident.

Hicks was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon. The felony complaint includes allegations that Hicks was convicted of carrying a loaded, unregistered handgun six years ago and that he was convicted of corporal injury to a spouse, cohabitant or child’s parent in 2011.

If convicted, Hicks faces a possible maximum sentencing of eight years in prison.

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