MILL CREEK | A pregnant LaPorte County woman with her baby daughter taking a nap suddenly found herself holding a butcher knife up to a strange man who kicked in her front door.
Rachel Rhodes, 30, said Friday once she realized what was happening her fear turned into an act of survival.
“I felt like a mama bear protecting my cubs basically,” said Rhodes.
About 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the Mill Creek area woman heard knocking on her door then several kicks, which broke the door open.
Rhodes, in her fifth month of pregnancy, grabbed the kitchen knife and confronted the man, who quickly fled.
He was driving a dark green Cadillac and looked to be 25 to 35 years old and clean shaven, police said.
“You never think it will happen to you and if he comes back I'll be even more ready,” said Rhodes.
Police believe the man, thinking nobody was home, wanted to burglarize the home.