Intruder startles mother, daughter in Glendale

Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 19:10:38-05

A mother and daughter fled their home after they noticed an intruder wearing a mask and holding a knife.

Court documents show that around 3 a.m. on Dec. 21 a Glendale mother noticed that a ground floor window was open and that the screen had been removed. When police arrived, she was instructed to go downstairs to let them in.

Officers said they heard screams coming from inside the home, and then the door opened and the mother and daughter ran past the officers to get outside of the house.

Police said a man wearing a ski mask inside the home running toward the back of the house. As the suspect fled, he left behind a knife and his shoes.

Police said they saw the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Phillip Williams II, running through a school yard and multiple backyards. Police later caught the barefoot suspect about two blocks away near 77th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Williams later admitted to using the mask and knife to scare the victims into giving him items that he would later sell, police said. He is being held without bond on charges of burglary and aggravated assault.