A 12-year-old girl who was home alone Wednesday evening told police a man entered her home, threatened to kill her and tied her to her bunk bed.
The man did not harm the girl or steal anything, police said.
The girl may have her pet sheltie-type dog to thank for the intruder's sudden departure, police say. The 30-pound dog repeatedly barked and jumped on the man, the girl told police.
Police described the attacker as white, in his 30s, about 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair and a muscular build.
The girl told police she did not recognize the intruder, but she said the man told her he knew which school she attends.
The man entered the girl's home about 6 p.m., according to police. The girl was on a couch in the living room when she heard tapping on a glass pane of a French door at the back of the house.
She got up to investigate, saw the man and tried to call 911, police said.
"She thought the door was locked," said Officer George Edmiston. "But he was able to get in without forcing an entry."
The girl tried to run out the front door of the home, which is near Taylor Park, but the man pulled her back inside.
The girl, who is taking a class in mountaineering, had nylon rope in her room that the man used to tie her up, police said. She remained tied to the bed until her mother returned within the hour.
No fingerprints were found because the man apparently wore gloves, police said.
The Times is withholding the girl's name because the suspect is at large.