LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Two women who were forced to barricade themselves inside a room during a home invasion say the crime has left them forever changed.

The crime happened on March 26 in Littleton. Tonya Granderson and her 18-year-old niece Jada Riggins were in Granderson’s apartment when a knife-wielding stranger appeared on their back patio. Police have identified the man as Kevin Krieger.

kevin krieger Victims In Home Invasion Case Describe Frightening Night

Kevin Krieger (credit: Littleton Police Dept.)

“He was screaming he was going to crucify us. ‘I’m going to crucify you,'” Granderson said.

The man began to kick on the glass doors so Granderson grabbed Riggins and they locked themselves in a bedroom and called 911.

Seconds later the man got inside.

“As soon as I get in the bedroom I heard all the glass shatter,” she said.

The man then began pounding on the bedroom door.

“His intent was to kill us,” Granderson told CBS4.

911 tapes obtained by CBS4 convey the urgency of the situation at that point.

Suspect: Open the door!
Caller: No!
Suspect: Open the door!
Caller: Stop it! I don’t even know who you are!

The man then tried to kick the bedroom door in. His first kick shattered the lock as the two women frantically pushed back from the other side.

“The door would give a little bit and I would shove it back closed. But really there was nothing left of that door. It was just shattered,” Granderson said.

“Through the door you could smell the alcohol. I remember that,” Riggins told CBS4.

With the door hanging by a thread, police arrived.

“He was still kicking the door when they came in. He didn’t stop,” Riggins said.

“One of them tackled him. I remember seeing the knife and thinking ‘If they hadn’t have gotten here when they did, who knows what would have happened?”

Granderson says she has hardly been able to sleep since the incident. She says she’s planning to move out soon to avoid the frightening reminders of what happened.

“There is evil out there. If it weren’t for God’s mercy and grace we would not be here. We would not be here,” she said.

Krieger faces several charges in the case, including burglary, assault menacing and criminal mischief. if convicted of all charges he faces up to 12 years in prison.

He also has had other run-ins with the law, including being arrested for crimes ranging from drug possesion to theft.

Granderson said she wants the suspect to be punished severely.

Comments (9)
  1. denvervet says:

    I agree with her, punish him severely. Sounds like another totally out of control person due to drugs. We don’t need him getting bail and being on the street again. I am just glad that these two women made it through this, I hope the emotional scars heal. What a shame.

  2. me says:

    Hey denvervet, it sounds like you’re a veteran of our US military. Well so is Kevin!!!! He is a Marine (Semper Fi) to be exact. He spent 2 tours in Afghanistan!!! Maybe he needs professional and medical help before you crucify him. Don’t judge a person without knowing their story. But for the grace of God, there go I.

  3. David says:

    Dvet and me you’re both right.. but the key here ‘ has been in trouble with the law before ” So I think the earlier judge gave him that chance…good bye marine… you belong in prison

  4. PRO MILITARY says:

    I’m glad these ladies are safe. I can’t imagine being in their situation. While this story has been released, we should look at ALL the details denvervet and David! This stand-up Marine spent 2 tours in Afghanistan serving our country and protecting us from the evil. While there is help when you return, the help was not readily available until recently. They just improved the professional and medical help as I know first hand. This individual deserves a 2nd chance after being evaluated, professional and medical help, community service and probabtion. This is the BEST and FAIR decision we can offer to our veterans!!! Without our military, USA would not be the country it is today.
    David – You obviously have not served our country and have no family that has either.

  5. TC Dresser says:

    I’m also a former Marine. 2 tours in Afghanistan doesn’t justify what he did. Lock him up!

  6. mambear says:

    Thank You TC Dresser…I was married to a Marine Vet for 10 years….Marines see some things that civilians will NEVER be able to comprehend. That is where PTSD comes in. So we make excuses for this guy to traumatize and scar these innocent women and essentially put them in a similar mind hell that he is in….he should be locked up. And all of our men and women serving in the Armed Forces who experience combat should have the resources needed to enter back into civilian life, more readily available.

  7. AmryVet1976 says:

    I will start by saying that I am a Veteran and have always supported our Armed Forces 100%, but let’s not forget that this was an individual’s actions and not that of the Marine Corps or our U.S. Military. Having said that, I am sure that this guy was a great Marine and served our Country with pride and honor, but does this grant him the right to create such an extreme situation for two innocent women? I would think not… I agree that there should be better and more readily available transition programs for our Veterans, especially those who have served in combat. The impact combat has on an individual is unparalleled and the pride instilled in our military volunteers often dissuades them from seeking professional help even when it is available. People must be held accountable for their actions or we will certainly find ourselves in anarchy. Our judicial system, while not perfect, will afford this man a trial by jury and be sentenced according to the case presented in court. Will “justice be served”? It’s hard to say, but let us not forget Matthew 7.1… “Judge not lest ye be judged”…

  8. HOG says:

    To all you tree hugging hippies-

    First of all….DenverVet is prob with the Army National Guard and is a wanna-be War Hero….Dave-you are just a TOOL- a lot of mixed opinions here. I served with Kevin in both Iraq and Afghan…ONE of the BEST if not, BEST Marine I have ever known, also-one of the smartest Marines I have ever come across. Some of you are so brain washed to the story the media creates -its disgusting….get over yourselves and realize that things happen…people snap, make mistakes…but like some of you have mention- Kevin served his country with PRIDE and HONOR unlike all the other “pre-judgemental” deck jockeys out there that just want to point the finger at what we all do wrong, and NOT what we all have to go through. Look at it this way- you want a REAL bad day, go to Mogadishu- take a stroll down the street, and see how life is there….get over your pampered little insignificant lives- maybe if the girls learned how to fight back the situation would have been mitigated without “I cant sleep at night, because of all the horror!!” PATHETIC what some Americans come off to be…WEAK MINDED! GROW UP! If you haven’t served – don’t open your mouth- if you have-you need to write your congress man and ask for help for Kevin…and your pathetic civilians that cant take care of themselves…..OH, and one more thing- Did anyone ask Kevin his side of the story? Prob. not- you were all to busy JUDGING him not getting all the details!!

  9. Shmancy says:

    I have also served with Kevin and i can agree for the that this man is a way better person then all of you judging him… Who are you to question or pass judgement on any person and to go on saying throw him in jail, Lock him up… You don”t know him, He voluntarily gave his life to this country. Proudly serving 2 tours only to have you hypocritical, pacifists individuals out there pass your judgments. What a shame remember he is the one the gave his time for you to be able to say whats on your mind.. Kev brother you have my support..

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