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Woman in Efren Carrillo case tells of fearing for safety (w/video)

Carrillo, 33, is charged with peeking into a door or window — a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. He has pleaded not guilty.

The 5th District supervisor told police that he went to the woman's apartment in his socks and underwear before dawn on July 13 to ask her to have a beer.

Prosecutors suggested his motives were much darker than a social visit. They pointed to his state of undress and a torn bedroom window screen as evidence Carrillo was trying to get into the apartment.

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The woman's testimony supported the version. She said she had been asleep more than an hour when she was awakened about 3:40 a.m. by noises at her open window.

She described a "tearing, ripping sound" followed by "rustling" window blinds.

She jumped up, grabbed her phone and ran into the living room of her small apartment, where two girlfriends were asleep on air mattresses.

The woman then peered through a window and saw a man stripped to his waist with his hands on his hips, staring out at nearby Brockhurst Drive.

"He looked very scary and large and muscular," she said, avoiding eye contact with Carrillo, seated across the crowded courtroom in a pink tie and business suit.

The woman called 911 and the three armed themselves with butcher knives. She placed a second call to police about 10 minutes later after someone knocked on the front door. She asked who it was, and the man responded "It's your neighbor," she testified.

"I was confused," she recounted. "I didn't know any of my neighbors. I said, 'What do you want?'" And he said, 'A drink.'"


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