Woman wakes up to find intruder in her bedroom

Published On: Sep 03 2013 11:57:16 PM PDT

It was a terrifying wake up call for a Millwood woman, who found a strange man in her bedroom, and the intruder wouldn't leave.

The break-in happened Monday morning at a home near Vista and Jackson.

Autumn Payne had worked a 12-hour shift. She was tired and went to bed while her husband and three kids were helping a family member move.

When she first heard someone enter the house, she thought it one of them coming home but that definitely wasn't the case.

"I was like getting kind of panicked. I was shaking. I was so scared," Payne said.

A man entered her house, walked down the hallway and into her bedroom. Payne says the man was laughing and said he was looking for his bag.

"I look up and I'm like I don't know this person," Payne said.

Payne quickly called her husband, Bryan, while the intruder was just three feet away from her.

"I was like you need to come home right now. I don't know what was going on," she said.

Eventually, Payne said she got the man to leave her bedroom but he didn't go far. He went into the living room and sat on a couch.

Bryan came home and said the man looked dazed. He asked him to leave several times and finally he did.

A short time later, deputies caught up with the suspected intruder, 31-year-old Christopher Lang, on Argonne Road.

When he refused deputies' orders to stop, Lang was tased and taken into custody.

"It's scary. I'm just thankful I was safe and nothing happened," Payne said.

Payne didn't know if her door was locked. From now on, she'll be sure to double and triple check and, hopes you do too.

"Lock your door, make sure you keep the windows locked, don't think it can't happen to you," Payne said.

Lang was booked into the Spokane County Jail on several charges including residential burglary and resisting arrest.