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Burglary Victim Speaks Out

TRENTON, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A woman who was attacked in her apartment in Trenton feared the knife-wielding burglar might kill her after he demanded her pain medication and tied her up with tape and electrical cords.

"I've never been more scared in my life," the 53-year-old victim said.

She asked Local 12 News to not show her face or use her name because she is so scared.

She met Leslie Whicker, 39, last weekend. He was the son of her neighbor and he offered to help her with household tasks like taking out her trash. She said he seemed like a nice man and had helped another woman in the building.

"I opened the door and I was just shocked. He come at me with a knife and I started trying to back up," the victim said.

She's a petite woman who weighs 87 lbs. and stands 5'3".  Despite her small stature she tried to fight back.

"He told me he was going to split my throat if I didn't tell him where my medicine was and I was so scared."

The woman has serious health problems. She takes Oxycontin for pain. She said Whicker admitted to police that he is addicted to heroin.

"He grabbed me and started taping my mouth, my hands and everything. Threw me on my bed. I thought I was going to get raped. Thank God I didn't...  He turned around, took my mattress and threw it on top of me."

The woman said Whicker told her not to move for 30 minutes as he left.

Her landlord was outside and saw Whicker carrying a 46-inch television.  He confronted Whicker who claimed he was helping his mother move.  The landlord became suspicious and wrote down Whicker's license plate and called police. He found the woman bound under her mattress.

The victim has a message for other women who may be approached by people offering to help them.

"Don't ladies ever trust anybody because they could really harm you.  If they offer to help they're going to come back on you.  And I think he planned it by watching my routine."

Leslie Whicker's bail was set at $500,000.  He remains in the Middletown City Jail.

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