69-year-old Rock Hill woman says man forced his way into her home

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - A 69-year-old Rock Hill woman said a quiet night turned into a nightmare.

She said a man came to her door demanding and begging to be let in. When she refused, she said he forced his way in, breaking glass and windows. Eyewitness News found out on Monday night why he was so desperate to get inside.

"I did not understand what was going on," said Fredine Patterson.

Patterson was home alone on Friday night watching TV when she said a man covered in blood appeared in front of her screen door.

Patterson said the man screamed at her to let him in.

"I said, 'No, you can't come in here. I'm going to call the police,'" she said.

According to Patterson, the man yelled for her to call police. He told her he needed to get inside because some people were trying to kill him.

Patterson immediately dialed 911.

"Next thing I know I looked up and he was at my window and I said, 'I told you couldn't come in here,'" she said, "He went around, broke the window, I jumped up barefooted, and I ran and I was moving this way and he was coming through the window and he got up off the floor and he ran back there."

Patterson said while the bloody man ran down her hallway she stormed past him and locked herself in the bathroom.

"I said, 'I'm calling the police' and he said, 'They're trying to kill me.' I said, 'Lord Jesus, if they're trying to kill you, they could come in here,'" she said.

Patterson remained on the phone with police until officers arrived.

She said the man then ran outside and told police someone was trying to kill him.

On Monday night, Patterson is still shaken up but relieved she wasn't hurt.

"Thank God I'm still here," she said.