A Maine mother is talking about a terrifying situation last week when a man entered her home while her children and friend were home alone as she was at work.The three girls, ages 10 to 17, said they noticed a man in the woods near their Standish home Thursday afternoon.The girls reported that the man had been lurking in the woods for a while and then approached the house.”They ran down downstairs to my 17-year-old daughter’s room and locked the door,” mother Wendy Howe said.She said her oldest daughter is a senior in high school and watches over her 10-year-old sister and her sister’s friend, who is also 10.Howe said they were so scared that they only half locked the deadbolt on the new front door to the house before hiding in a closet.Howe, a single mother, is a medical professional, who was working in Massachusetts when her 10-year-old daughter called her.”She was whispering it to me to call 911 that somebody has broken into the home, and of course, me I’m like, ‘Great, I’m in the movie, Taken.’ It was very, very frightening, especially being in Massachusetts,” Howe said.Howe said she called police and her neighbor who rushed over to check on the girls.”When the neighbor pulled in, that’s when they heard the person run through the house and out my back door,” Howe said.When police arrived, the man was gone.”I feel like he was going after my kids … because he didn’t take anything. He didn’t try to steal anything from my home,” Howe said.There was a similar incident on the same night in nearby Gorham. There was a report of a man trying to break into a home. Police are trying to determine if the two incidents are related.With more children spending more time at home due to the pandemic, police are encouraging parents to talk with them about stranger danger and staying safe.

A Maine mother is talking about a terrifying situation last week when a man entered her home while her children and friend were home alone as she was at work.

The three girls, ages 10 to 17, said they noticed a man in the woods near their Standish home Thursday afternoon.

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The girls reported that the man had been lurking in the woods for a while and then approached the house.

“They ran down downstairs to my 17-year-old daughter’s room and locked the door,” mother Wendy Howe said.

She said her oldest daughter is a senior in high school and watches over her 10-year-old sister and her sister’s friend, who is also 10.

Howe said they were so scared that they only half locked the deadbolt on the new front door to the house before hiding in a closet.

Howe, a single mother, is a medical professional, who was working in Massachusetts when her 10-year-old daughter called her.

“She was whispering it to me to call 911 that somebody has broken into the home, and of course, me I’m like, ‘Great, I’m in the movie, Taken.’ It was very, very frightening, especially being in Massachusetts,” Howe said.

Howe said she called police and her neighbor who rushed over to check on the girls.

“When the neighbor pulled in, that’s when they heard the person run through the house and out my back door,” Howe said.

When police arrived, the man was gone.

“I feel like he was going after my kids … because he didn’t take anything. He didn’t try to steal anything from my home,” Howe said.

There was a similar incident on the same night in nearby Gorham. There was a report of a man trying to break into a home. Police are trying to determine if the two incidents are related.

With more children spending more time at home due to the pandemic, police are encouraging parents to talk with them about stranger danger and staying safe.

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