A dramatic incident unfolded when Melora Rivera realised she was not alone in her home.
A 29 year-old vagrant had invaded her home and fearing for her life, Melora climbed onto the roof in order to hide. Melora called the police and a local blogger was able to take a picture as the intruder suddenly and chillingly appeared on Melora’s roof in search of her.
The police were quickly on the scene and Melora, who had a small role in the 2012 film Sparkle staring Whitney Houston, was rescued via a ladder.
The police were then able to persuade the vagrant, Christian Hicks, to descend and he was arrested and charged with burglary.
A shaken Melora told local media that she had heard the intruder breaking the panels on the side of her house in order to unlock the door:
“Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn’t be there. I knew that I didn’t want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was.” Ms Rivera went on to say that she though once the police arrived, Hicks might try to hide in the same spot as her: “There was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point.”