PD: Mesa woman fights off intruder, saves nieces

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 20:42:26-04

MESA, AZ — A Mesa woman fought off an intruder who was trying to enter her apartment in front of her two young nieces.

Mesa police report that on September 21, a woman was taking groceries from her car to her apartment near Extension Road and Southern Avenue. She was allegedly approached by 23-year-old Kodi Jae Livingston, who offered to help her.

She declined his help, but Livingston allegedly followed her to her door. He then reportedly grabbed her by the hair and pushed her into the apartment. The woman fought back, pushing Livingston backward through the door. Police say this was all done as the victim’s two young nieces watched.

The struggle continued outside the door until Livingston saw a witness outside. He then fled to his apartment nearby, where police located him.

During his arrest, police say Livingston tried to jump off the third-story balcony while still in handcuffs. Officers restrained him.

Livingston also allegedly bit an officer in the leg while restrained.

Livingston has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal trespassing.