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An intruder is still on the loose. Where could he be now?

Can you imagine walking into your home alone at night, rounding the corner and seeing a total stranger lying in your bed?

"In all the time I've lived here, I don't remember anything happening like this before," neighbor Paul Fox told us.

Next door neighbor Kathy Davis walked us through the traumatic night.

"April came home about 1:00 a.m. from being with friends and she went downstairs to her bedroom and there was a black man in her bed. She screamed," Davis told us.

Kathy told 59News their dog ran in and bit the suspect and had that dog not been there, things might have turned out quite differently.

"Bubba, their dog, attacked him and she ran upstairs and locked herself in one of the back bedrooms and called the police and waited there until they arrived," Davis said.

Kathy suggested what we can do to prevent such potential horrific crimes.

"I feel bad for April that it happened to her but I think it makes us more aware that we need to be more aware of our surroundings and keep our doors locked and take precautions," said Davis.

She has faith justice will soon be served.

"I know they did all they could, I know they brought in dogs to catch him. I hope they catch him soon and that will send a message that our law enforcement is hard at work to keep people safe," she added.






Fayette County Sheriff deputies are on the lookout Wednesday for a man who broke into an Oak Hill home during the early hours of the morning.

Dispatchers called investigators to a home on Gatewood Road at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, where there was a burglary reportedly happening.  Deputies arrived within five minutes, but the suspect had already ran off.

The homeowner told police that she found the person inside her house when she came home with her dog.  The dog attacked the intruder and reportedly bit him on the right leg. The man ran off and the homeowner called 911.

The suspect that deputies are looking for is a black man who is around 6-feet tall.  He has a medium build and is clean-shaven.  He was last seen wearing black sweat pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt.  A pair of police K-9 units were called in to help find the suspect, but they were unable to find him.

The incident is still under investigation according to Sheriff Steve Kessler.  Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office ate 304-574-4216 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.  Tips can also be submitted online at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office web site.

According to 911 dispatchers, it happened at a home on Gatewood Road in Oak Hill at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday.

They say the suspect broke into the home and confronted the homeowner.

Not many details are being released at this time.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.