North College Hill mother bumps into burglar still inside her home

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NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19)  - A mother of two came face to face with a burglar who was hiding inside in her North College Hill home.

Tashania Tate said she realized something wasn't right about five minutes after she walked in the door of her home off Bising Avenue on Thursday morning just before 3 a.m. Tate returned home with her two young children. Tate laid both her seven-year-old daughter and her five-year old son down on the couch in the living room.

Tate then walked into the kitchen to take her medicine. She said that's when she noticed the kitchen light was on.

"I went into the kitchen to get me something to drink," said Tate, 27. "I looked down and my side door was wide open."

Tate said she then called 911. A dispatcher asked Tate if she noticed if anything was missing. Tate told the dispatcher she was scared to look around her house. The dispatcher told her police were on the way, and that the burglar probably left her house hours ago.

Tate then walked upstairs to quickly check the second floor. She said she noticed her television wasn't in her bedroom so she turned around to walk downstairs to call police.

Tate said moments later, the suspect then ran out of her son's room and pushed her down the stairs. Tate landed on the first floor. When she opened her eyes, the suspect was gone.

"I tumbled down the steps," said Tate. "I was just laying there. I don't remember actually hitting the ground. They said I must have passed out."

Tate said the burglar must have hid in her son's room in the compartment behind the bookcase. Tate then heard the burglar run out of the side door. She again called 911.

Police arrived minutes later. Officers and canines combed the neighborhood and a nearby construction site for clues. Tate said officers found a fingerprint on her side door and a soda can.

Tate moved to her home in North College Hill in April to get away from violence. She said someone attacked her in her previous home in Northside in November.

"I'm scared because I moved out here because I thought it's peaceful," said Tate. "It's quiet. It's more family oriented. And that this couldn't happen. So now it's just scary."

Tate did the right thing; she called for help the moment she suspected something was wrong.

Fortunately, Tate's children were asleep the entire time, and were not hurt in any way.

Tate suffered two concussions, sprained her ankle, and has some cuts and bruises all over her body, but says she will be okay.

Her attacker is described as a heavy-set black male, in his late 20's or early 30's, facial hair, black shirt and pants, white gym shoes.

If you have any information, you're urged to call North College Hill Police: 513-521-7171.

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