Barking dogs scare off Oregon home invasion suspect; incident caught on video

A southeast Portland woman says her dogs are to thank for running off a stranger who jumped her backyard fence and tried breaking in – all while she was home alone with her two kids.


It happened Monday just before noon at Jen Merrill’s home.

The man was caught on her home surveillance system jumping two 6-foot fences and walking into her backyard.

Merrill came face-to-face with the man.

“I was out back sitting in the chair there,” she told FOX 12, pointing to her yard.

Merrill has four large dogs – two Great Danes, an American bulldog-Great Dane mix and a malamute – and she was also dog-sitting a German shepherd.

The dogs went crazy when they saw the intruder and got between her and the man as she yelled at him to leave.

But he only mumbled, waved her off and kept walking around the kids' trampoline.

Merrill went inside and grabbed the children.

“I heard my other dog downstairs going crazy unlike I’ve ever heard before,” she said.

The man wasn’t leaving.

Merrill said he jumped into a window well and tried getting into her house through the basement.

“I put the kids into the garage and I locked the door up here so they were locked inside and then I told the dogs, ‘Go get him,’ you know?” she recalled.

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