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Published February 09, 2012, 06:54 PM

Concordia student shaken up after early morning home invasion

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A warning and good reminder for all of us tonight from the Moorhead Police Department and Concordia College Security: Make sure the doors to your home are locked before you go to bed. This after a drunk man walked into an unlocked home near Concordia, rented by 5 college students, all females.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A warning and good reminder for all of us tonight from the Moorhead Police Department and Concordia College Security: Make sure the doors to your home are locked before you go to bed. This after a drunk man walked into an unlocked home near Concordia, rented by 5 college students, all females.

The girls did not know the intruder, who walked into a bedroom and said he needed to use a phone. The man would not leave and so the young woman screamed for help. He then ran from the house.

Lt. Brad Penas – Moorhead Police Department: “Again, an opportunity was there the door was unlocked but a lady woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom that is never a good situation.”

Rachel Brock plans on spending a few nights with her parents after the frightening morning. She is the one awakened by the intruder. It just happened to be a rare night when the door was left unlocked.

Rachel Brock is a smart, composed senior at Concordia, but the home invasion today not only cost her some sleep, but cost her comfort and security.

Rachel Brock – Concordia Student: “Didn't realize until after it happened how lucky I was, that it hit me that I went into shock and shakey and grateful that what could have happened did not.

It was shortly after three this morning.

Rachel Brock: “I did not wake up until he flipped on the light. I thought it was my roommate waking me up for class.”

That a man, who has obviously been drinking, walked into Rachel's bedroom…

Rachel Brock: “It was a big surprise.”

…the only room on the main floor.

Rachel Brock: “I was super out of it from sleeping and he said he was lost and needed a phone.”

He would not leave.

Rachel Brock: “I was hoping to just get him out of the house.”

Even though the man remained in Rachel's room for several minutes, she remained calm until he asked her if her other roommates were home.

Rachel Brock: “That is when he started to get more aggressive and he grabbed at me and that is when I started yelling and he left.”

Finally the man ran out of the home. Rachel and her are roommates safe, but clearly upset.

Rachel Brock: “While it was happening I was calm but when he asked if I was home alone that I realized it was pretty dangerous situation I realized I needed to do what needed to get done.”

Several Concordia students live in homes directly across the street from the college. Campus Security quickly used email and text messages to alert students and staff, reminding them to be diligent in locking their doors and windows.

A hard lesson learned for Rachel and her friends, and a good reminder for everyone else. A canine unit tracked the scent of the suspect, before losing it near the well-traveled area of the college.

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