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Woman Survives Bizarre Home Invasion In Westminster

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Benjamin Davis Saffell (credit: Westminster Police Department)

Benjamin Davis Saffell (credit: Westminster Police Department)

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – Westminster police said a woman survived a bizarre home invasion last Friday.

The woman saw a man staring at her from across the street of her home. The man walked over and broke down the garage door. The woman called 911 after locking herself and her teenage son in their bedroom.

Police got to the woman’s home in under 3 minutes and caught the intruder.

Officers struggled with Benjamin Davis Saffell, 23, inside the home. They suspected he was under the influence of drugs.

The homeowner was not hurt. She was on the phone with 911 dispatchers the entire time desperately pleading for help.

“Hurry, hurry … he’s getting in,” the woman told the dispatcher.

Moments later police say Saffell can be heard yelling at the woman from outside her bedroom door:

Saffell: “Open up the door!”

Caller: “Tell me what you want! I’ll give you, do you want money?”

Dispatcher: “I can hear him.”

Saffell: “Okay I’ll give you money. How much do you want?”

Saffell: “All of it!”

Caller: “Okay. What else do you want? Do you want jewelry?”

Moments later Westminster police arrived.

Caller: “He’s fighting them.”

Dispatcher: “I know he is. I know he is.”

Police say Saffell is facing seven different charges that include first-degree burglary and assaulting a peace officer.

Westminster police say the national average for police to respond to a call is 7 minutes.

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