Fountain Hills home-invasion victim speaks out to warn others

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Susan Dawson is bruised, her nose broken in two places, but she’s strong enough to speak out about the horrifying home invasion she walked into on Monday morning.

“All I thought about was my life,” Dawson said. She told 3TV she had just arrived home from a workout when she was met by an intruder in her hallway.

“I turned, glanced down the hallway and saw this person coming at me, and he punched me right in the nose.  I went down in a pool of blood,” Dawson said.  “I begged for a towel because I saw all this blood going.  He gave me a towel, put a towel over my head, took me into the bedroom where I had to lay down on the floor.”

Dawson said he tied her hands behind her back with a cord he found in one of her drawers.  Then, he went through her closet and jewelry box, according to Dawson.

“He took all my money, and my wedding rings, jewelry, things like that,” Dawson said.

But what worried her the most was the safety of her two rescue dogs and her own safety.

“I just kept begging for my life,” she said, “’Please, why? Take what you want, but please don’t kill me,’” she recalled saying.

The suspect told her to stay down for 15 minutes.  She said he returned once to make sure she remained down.  Finally, she managed to grab her phone and call family for help.

Dawson says a neighbor believes the suspect ran out of the neighborhood on foot.  Despite an intensive search by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect managed to escape.

A spokesman with MCSO tells 3TV detectives are looking into other break-ins in the area to see if they may be linked, but nothing appears related, at this point.

Dawson said she didn’t get a good look at the suspect, but didn’t recognize him.  She believes he entered through the doggie door because all other doors in the house were locked.

“I want people to know this can happen anywhere and to anyone,” Dawson said.

She never expected it to happen to her.  More than valuables, she’s lost her sense of security in her own home.

“I hope I end up getting back my life,” Dawson said.  “I don’t want to be the one who has to live in fear.  Right now, that’s where I am at.”