DENVER (CBS4) – The woman who found a selfie on her cellphone of a man who broke into her home is traumatized by what happened as police continue their search for the man.

The victim told police she had no idea the man had been inside her home while she was there — until she checked her cellphone the next day.

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According to police, on Jan. 29 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a woman was putting her children to bed when an unknown man entered her home and used the woman’s cellphone to take a picture of himself.

The incident occurred in the 3400 block of West Amherst Avenue.

The picture the suspect took on the victim's phone (credit: Denver Police Department)

The picture the suspect took on the victim’s phone (credit: Denver Police Department)

“And he looks familiar to me, everybody else says they didn’t see him but he looks familiar to me, I know I’ve seen him before,” said neighbor Richard Gardner.

Police said the man walked into the home through the back door, took the picture and left. He didn’t take anything.

Gardner said he recognized the man on the selfie.

“He doesn’t have glasses when you normally see him walking down the street. Maybe they’re a disguise. I don’t know,” said Gardner.

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When asked about the facial hair, Gardner replied, “Oh, that’s his, that’s him.”

Gardner said a nearby park does attract some strange characters.

“We don’t take the kids up there either. There’s just too many strange people up there anymore,” said Gardner.

The victim’s husband said the selfie was the only one the man took with her phone.

Additional Resources

The Denver Police Department released the following information about the case:

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Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to