A Studio City woman is describing the terror her family endured when she says a man broke into their home early Wednesday morning and threatened to kill them while hurling antisemitic insults.
The break-in happened around 5:20 a.m. in the 3000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police.
The victim, who is nine months pregnant, told KTLA’s Ellina Abovian that the intruder first kicked in the door to their master bedroom. Her husband fought with him while she called 911.
“[He said] I’m going to kill you because you are Jewish … Israel kills people,” she said in broken English.
The couple’s four children were also home at the time.
After struggling with the intruder for several minutes, her husband eventually forced him out of their home and into their backyard, the victim says.
Officers arrived and found him armed with a kitchen knife, Key News reported. He was taken into custody without further incident and shouted, “Free Palestine” and “Brown Lives Matter” as he was cuffed and placed in a police cruiser, Key News video shows.
No property was taken, and no injuries were reported.
The homeowner believes the intruder may have been intoxicated, and she also believes she has seen him before. It was not immediately known what charges he faces and police had not released his name as of midday Wednesday.
The incident comes as the war between Israel and Hamas nears its third week.