Woman hides in closet and calls police during random home burglary

Madison police squad car

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say they arrested a man who broke into a west side home in a random burglary attempt over the weekend while the woman living there hid in a closet.

Police responded to the home on Madison Street, just off of Monroe Street, at about 10:13 p.m. Friday night.

The woman living there said she heard someone ring her doorbell several times, but she did not answer because she was not expecting anyone to visit. The suspect, who police identified as Eric S. Griffin, said he rang the doorbell to see if anyone was home. When no one answered, he broke in, thinking the home was empty.

Eric Griffin Mug Shot

Courtesy: Dane County Jail

The victim said she heard glass breaking and furniture moving while she hid. Police responded to the home and set up a perimeter before seeing Griffin try to leave through a back entrance.

Police say Griffin tried to run back into the home when he saw the officers outside, but was stopped when he tried to run out the front door.

The woman continued to hide in a closet while police did a sweep of the home to make sure nobody else had broken in. Police say nobody else was found in the home.

Griffin allegedly told police he randomly picked the home and was trying to find items he could sell, and was hoping nobody was home because he did not intend to hurt anyone.

He’s currently in the Dane County Jail and faces tentative charges of burglary and damage to property.