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Woman waits 45 minutes as stranger pounds on her door

CREATED Sep. 29, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 13, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- Kathleen says it was the scariest night of her life. She was home alone in her southside home on August 11, 2011 when her dog starting barking "like crazy" at 2 a.m. "I looked out the window and I noticed a very suspicious looking man with backpack wandering around in front of my house," Kathleen told Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure recently. It made her very nervous. What happened next made her beyond nervous.

"My doorbell rang, and my dog was absolutely freaking out," Kathleen recounts. The guy with backpack was standing on her front step. He began pounding on her door. Then he disappeared and Kathleen wasn't sure where he was. She called 9-1-1, and she says this is how the conversation went.

Kathleen: "There is a stranger outside my door. I'm home alone. He looks suspicious and is ringing my door bell."

9-1-1 Dispatcher: "Ma'am look out the window and see if he is still there."

Kathleen: "Absolutely not."

9-1-1 Dispatcher: "Then call back if he comes back."

Scared and angry, Kathleen hung up and called District Two Police. She claims she was on hold for ten minutes before being transferred to a Captain. Eventually, after 45 minutes police showed up. They canvassed the neighborhood and found nothing. The man was gone. "I was on pins and needles for those 45 minutes," Kathleen recounts. "And for the dispatcher to imply it was no big deal and I should call back if I have more trouble, that is ridiculous. I could have been dead first."

I also made a request to talk to Milwaukee Police Ed Flynn. I was told he was unavailable.