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Agent’s Encounter With Prowler During Digital Home Showing Goes Viral

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A Montana actual property agent was captured on video reacting in terror upon discovering both a squatter or burglar throughout a digital residence displaying whereas touring a property she assumed was empty.

Billings, Montana, actual property agent Alyssa Webb was alone taking a cellphone video of the vacant residence for out of state shoppers when she turned a nook and got here nose to nose with the vagrant, she instructed native station KULR-8.

“It was actually terrifying to know somebody was there all the time I used to be in that home — and so they didn’t attempt to go away or announce their presence, and so they had been simply hiding,” Webb instructed the station.

“I didn’t know what they had been able to, if they’d a weapon, if they could have attacked me,” she added.

Lennick posted the video to TikTok the place it garnered over 7 million views, however mentioned in one other video posted later that she needed to delete it as a result of she didn’t need to become involved in any “authorized battles.”

“It sort of sucks I needed to delete it as a result of all I used to be attempting to do was carry consciousness to Realtor security, public security, and the way harmful this job will be at occasions,” she mentioned within the observe up video. “And never simply actual property however photographers, appraisers, folks which are going into vacant houses, it may be a scary factor typically.”

Montana police instructed KULR the suspect fled the scene after Webb noticed him. Billings Police Lt. Matt Lennick additionally shared suggestions with the outlet for staying alert in comparable conditions.

“While you’re approaching a residence or enterprise or one thing the place you may be the one one moving into, it’s vital to note what’s occurring,” he mentioned. “Is the door jarred, is it unlocked or ought to it’s locked, are home windows damaged or are the screens moved.”

“In case you see one thing like that, it’s greatest to simply wait out and name us, and we’ll ship officers over,” he added.

Lennick instructed Fox Information digital that the intruder may have been a burglar.

“He was not positioned and the proprietor of the property, sufferer of the housebreaking, declined to pursue legal fees and didn’t need officers to analyze the matter any additional,” Lennick mentioned.

Squatting poses a specific threat to actual property brokers who spend an outsized period of time working in vacant houses. In 2017, an agent in Las Vegas was attacked with a rake by a squatter.

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