Bedroom window burglar flees after waking east side resident

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An Indianapolis man, startled awake by a home burglar, scared away the suspect Friday morning.

“I just heard like a 'boom' and then I heard a foot on the ground. They only had one foot on the ground and their hand up here,” says Dustin Jaynes, pointing to his bedroom window.

It happened in Dustin Jaynes' bedroom, just as he was about to get up for work.

“It was just scary, really," Jaynes said. "I didn’t know what to think.“

He decided to yell at the intruder.

“I jumped up. Hysteric really.“

The stranger, wearing Nike footwear, then took off. Fast.

“That tells me they were probably just looking to loot the place, rob it," said Jaynes.

The incident in a neighborhood near 21st and Emerson may not be the first.

A 'suspicious-looking' person on a four-wheeler came looking at cars on the driveway on a day the area still had snow on the ground a couple of weeks ago. The very next day, they found footprints in the snow outside the house, looking as though someone may have been trying to look in or get inside.

Kim Naylor, Dustin’s legally-blind mother, was in a nearby room.

“I heard Dustin jump up. When Dustin jumped up and the door slammed open, I knew something was wrong. It woke me up.”

She feared for her toddler niece and others in the house, the sense of safety shattered as they slept.

“I think they’re all strung out or something, looking for easy money. And it’s tax time, there are the most break-ins," said Naylor of her experience, houses hit for cash from those tax refunds, so they’re taking precautions.

Jaynes said he is making sure windows are latched and locked.

"We live in a house and we have nothing, really. We just have the food, the chairs, you know. No money. I don’t get it. I really don’t," Naylor said.

The family is her most precious thing. And she worries for their safety.

“I just think everybody needs to stop. You know? Come on, this is no game. It’s our life.”

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