Study session ends with attempted home invasion near UofM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- “This little deadbolt saved our lives,” said Morgan Bacon.

Dents in the door, pieces broken off and the deadbolt barely hanging on.

Nursing students Morgan Bacon and Carly Cook said two weeks ago a man tried to break into their house.

“It was terrifying,” said Bacon.

“Two of my friends are sitting right here and I was sitting right there with my back turned and in the corner of my eye I see this man walk up,” said Bacon.

Morgan said the suspect asked to borrow one of their phones.

“I turned to him said 'For what' and he goes 'I`m lost I need help,'” said Bacon. “I said 'Where are you trying to go' and he said 'Memphis campus' and I said 'It's back the way you were coming from.'”

They got a sense something was sketchy.

“I guess by the way he was walking and it`s broad daylight, you have a black hoodie on and you could barely see his face,” said Bacon.

Morgan said next the man asked for ride, after that they went inside the apartment.

But the man didn’t leave. In fact, you can see him in their surveillance video on the porch.

“He reaches to put his hand on the door knob like twisting it. He starts like going at it even kicking it, the blinds automatically broke off,” said Bacon. “Every time he kicked it, the blinds were just flying.”

Morgan told WREG, the man was very persistent.

“On the surveillance you can see that he waits until cars drive by then comes on the porch and keeps kicking it for a couple seconds,” said Bacon.

Thankfully the man didn’t get in but Morgan said this is the first time she and her roommates have felt safe sitting on their balcony. They pray police find the would-be intruder.