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UC student wakes up to find gun pointed in his face during burglary

Kameron Singh and Patrick Wagner stand on the fire escape where the intruder entered. (FOX19) Kameron Singh and Patrick Wagner stand on the fire escape where the intruder entered. (FOX19)
CLIFTON HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) -

Just days before heading back to class, a University of Cincinnati student woke up in his Clifton Heights apartment to find a gun pointed in his face.

A gunman made his way into an apartment shared by students Kameron Singh and Patrick Wagner on Digby Avenue through the building's fire escape around 9:30. The suspect reached inside a small window, unlocked the door from the inside and made his way in, according to authorities.

"We decided to move here because we thought this area was a safe area," said UC student Patrick Wagner.

What happened inside their apartment Wednesday was never expected.

"I thought my roommate was standing behind me. So I turned around, I look up, and I'm staring in the barrel of a gun," said Wagner.

That's what he woke up to after putting in a movie and falling asleep.

"You don't really know what to think. There's a thousand things that run through your mind. You're wondering, 'Am I going to get shot? What is this person going to take,'" Wagner told FOX19 NOW.

The robber demanded cash, and took off with an iPhone, a new laptop, DVDs, and an Xbox, all while leaving behind an unnerving threat.

"Go back, lay down on the couch, count to 100. If you call the police, I'll come back and kill you," said Wagner, a native of Dublin, OH.

After that, Wagner took off to his nearby fraternity house looking for a phone to call his family. His roommate wasn't home during the break-in, missing it by just a few minutes.

"It's a little tough, a little unnerving to have someone come into your home where you're supposed to feel comforted and safe," said roommate Kameron Singh.

With classes starting next week, the two third-year finance majors are using their experience to help their fellow classmates.

"Leave your light on. Leave some music running if you go out or something like that, or if you're the only person there. Just make sure your apartment looks lit and that someone's in there," Wagner said.

On Thursday, maintenance workers were on sight installing new locks, and working to install motion lights and security cameras, the students tell FOX19 NOW.

A representative with the property's rental company, Rent Clifton, says they're committed to improving their security measures because of this.

If you know anything about the incident, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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