Police investigating 2 home break-ins in west central Fresno

Chantal says she's lucky to have escaped after she answered her doorbell and a man forced his way into her home Monday morning.

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- Our other top story tonight you'll only see here on Action News. A suspect is in custody after forcing his way into a central Fresno resident's home. Police say the arrest comes after they responded to two home invasions just hours apart from each other this morning . In both cases, the victims were inside their homes.

Action News reporter Nathalie Granda is in the studio now after speaking to a victim about the scary encounter with the suspect. Nathalie.

NATHALIE GRANDA: Yeah, Jason, the victim says her husband works in construction. And they often have people come by to pick up equipment. She didn't think much of it when she heard someone ring her doorbell. However, in just moments, she found herself in a terrifying situation.

- Because if I could have seen who was there, I would have known that this isn't somebody I'm going to open the door to.

NATHALIE GRANDA: It was a frightening morning for Chantal, who only wants to use her first name. She says she's lucky to have escaped after she answered her doorbell and a man forced his way into her home Monday morning.

- Just more aware that it can happen to anybody, including me.

NATHALIE GRANDA: Fresno Police responded to a house off Home and College for a report of a break in. Chantal says she heard someone at the door and went to see who was outside. That's when she saw the suspect.

- I said, who are you? And he said, Chris. And then he just started advancing, just pushing me.

NATHALIE GRANDA: Chantal tried to push him out. But it wasn't working.

- Then he pushed me down on the couch. And he tried to pull my shirt up. And I was kicking him and trying to gauge his eyes out at the same time. And then, suddenly, he stood up. And he started to pull his pants down.

NATHALIE GRANDA: That's when she thought of a way to get out.

- And I said, stop, I need to go get something! I got up off the couch and ran out the back door.

- Chantal ran to her neighbor's home to call the police. They later caught the suspect near Poplar. The incident happened about two hours after police responded to another break in near Crystal and Clinton where a suspect forced his way into a home with a mother and daughter inside. One neighbor says, while the area used to be safe, that's no longer the case.

ARTHUR THOMPSON: It got bad. Like I said, the last 10 years, it's-- we really don't even leave the house, really, like we used to.

NATHALIE GRANDA: Chantal, however, says she usually feels safe. However, she bought a ring door camera hours after the scary encounter.

- No matter how safe you think you are, it can happen to anybody.

NATHALIE GRANDA: Now, Fresno Police say, luckily, no one was hurt in either of those cases. They have not released the suspect's name or charges at this time. And they also cannot confirm whether both break ins are connected. In the studio, Nathalie Granda ABC30 Action News.