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'Like a scary movie': Local woman escapes attacker after offering him a drink

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A Peccole Ranch woman came face to face with an intruder in her own home, but it was her daring move that may have saved her life.

The scary attack happened Sunday night in a gated neighborhood near South Hualapai Way and West Charleston Boulevard.

Andrea Gonzalez said she moved to the area four months ago.

“I love the neighborhood,” she said.

On Sunday night, Gonzalez said she heard someone in her front yard. She looked out the window and saw a man she didn’t know.

“It's like a scary movie. The constant ringing of the doorbell. Not once. Finger on it. Constant ringing for ten minutes,” explained Gonzalez.

The doorbell rings turned into door knocks, and even worse.

“Pounding on my door, trying to unlock my door,” explained Gonzalez.

When she didn’t answer the door, the man went to a different house.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect’s name is Anthony Oates.

Oates eventually found a house and got inside through an open garage door.

Officer Larry Hadfield said a woman inside the home was stunned.

“The victim thinks very quickly in this case and asks the suspect if he would like a drink, but says she doesn't have anything in the house,” explained Officer Larry Hadfield. “For some reason, the suspect goes with her to a neighbor's house.”

Hadfield said, little does Oates know, it was a ruse.

“The suspect begins to fondle her and at that point another resident comes out,” explained Hadfield.

The resident is Colin Fukunaga, who lives a few doors down from the woman.

“I hear the doorbell ringing and there's banging on my back door and it's my neighbor and she's like, "Colin, open the door, there's someone trying to rape me,” explained Fukunaga.

Fukunaga said he ran outside and that’s when Oates took off.

Eventually, police caught up with Oates and he was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

As of Thursday afternoon, he was still behind bars and expected to face a judge in two weeks.

It’s an ending that Hadfield said doesn’t happen too often.

“This situation could've been really bad,” said Hadfield.

Hadfield said if you find yourself in a similar situation, do anything you can to draw attention to yourself.

“Your only job is to survive the event. Whether to kick, scream, bite or run. Fight or flight,” said Hadfield.

As for Gonzalez, she wants other women to know it could happen to anyone.

“People need to know not to get comfortable in their surroundings. Always lock your door,” said Gonzalez.

She said even somewhere where you feel safe like your own home.

“Being in a nice area doesn’t stop people,” said Gonzalez. “We live in a gated community.”

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