MONTROSE — A Montrose woman threatened by a man with a knife as she slept was able to fight off her attacker, suffering only minor injuries during an apparent robbery gone bad.
Just after 2 a.m. early Saturday morning Montrose Police officers were alerted to a trespassing on North Grand Ave.
The woman told officers she had fallen asleep on the couch while watching a movie, and woke up to someone covering her face with a blanket and taking $300 in cash from her bra.
After fighting off her attacker and dialing 911, the victim said she could positively identify the man as Phillip Lopez of Montrose, an acquaintance. Lopez, 36, was arrested a short time later and taken to the Montrose County Jail.
“Although Phillip never told her that he knew she kept money in her bra, it was common knowledge amongst her group of friends that she did not carry a purse and kept money in her bra,” Lopez’s arrest affidavit reads.
The woman told officers she knew Lopez knows she receives a monthly disability check at the first of the month.
During the incident, the woman said Lopez sat on the couch holding a steak knife, the blade toward her, while her boyfriend slept in the other room; she was able to swat away the blade, and said Lopez then left her house. She suffered a laceration to her left hand in the attack.
Officers found that a front window screen had been cut and removed and the window was wide open. The woman told officers Lopez, whom she knew through a mutual friend, had been to the house a couple times before.
According to the affidavit, the woman said Lopez took off on a bike and surveillance cameras at a nearby business gave officers a direction of travel. Later that morning officers found Lopez at a house on South First St. He denied attacking the woman.
“Phillip denied taking the money, but said that he would give her approximately $240 of his own money,” the affidavit states.
Officers said Lopez at first denied going to the woman’s home, but later said he was there to buy heroin and then that he was just there to talk. After questioning, Lopez was booked for First Degree Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felony Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Third Degree Assault and Domestic Violence. He is schedule to appear for formal advisement of charges July 28.