A man in Boaz, Alabama, was arrested after he allegedly broke into a woman's house. The suspect was arrested and charged with crimes ranging from stalking to criminal mischief, ABC affiliate WAAY reports.
Investigators allege that the man, 42-year-old Danny Lee Chamblee, forced his way into the victim's house by kicking in he door. Once he was inside, Chamblee is believed to have broken the telephone in an attempt to keep her from calling for help. According to the news source, he then grabbed the woman, threatened and held a knife to her in the bathroom.
There are a number of steps homeowners can take to prevent a similar attack. According to CNN, one of the most effective ways is to always lock doors, windows and garages and to install heavy duty locks.
Those looking for an added way to boost personal and home safety is to buy pepper spray. Experts recommend practicing with the device beforehand to ensure it is used correctly.