Woman discovers tenants have same key and lock after finding intruder

AUSTIN, Texas. (KWCH) A South Austin woman says she is terrified to go to bed after a man walked into her apartment and stared at her while she slept.

She says her apartment complex changed all the locks and some tenants had the same key.

"He's walking to me and then he trips. And when he trips I know I'm no longer alone," says Ronda.

It's an image this woman says she will never forget.

"He was just standing and he just froze and he was just smiling. I remember him smiling," she says.

Ronda quickly called 911, but when police arrived there wasn't a man in the apartment and they say there was no evidence of forced entry. That's when she remembered the text her landlord sent her.

"We will have all units rekeyed and we will get you new keys today."

She says those keys were the same as her neighbors and went next door to see for herself. Her key fit their locks as well.

Apartment complex owners say they hired an independent contractor to change the locks, who bought the locks from a hardware store and they were unaware that two had the same key.

Once they discovered the problem, they changed the locks again but Ronda says, it's too late, the damage is done.

"I cannot sleep. There is no way I can close my eyes."

Ronda didn't want to show he face on camera since the intruder has not been arrested yet. She filed a police report and Austin police are investigating.