"Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn't be there," Rivera told CNN TV affiliate KCAL/KCBS. "I knew that I didn't want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was."
Rivera, dressed only in a flannel shirt, used her cell phone to call police as the intruder also climbed onto the roof... "The drop is, I would guess, more than 20 feet," Rivera said. "So there was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point."
A more rational home defense system would involve one (or preferably all) of the following.
Kind of like these brave ladies.
Hat tips: @KTLA and @MinuteManiac.