Pregnant mum fell down stairs as she grappled with burglar in her Leeds home

Date: 11th Mayl 2015, Picture James Hardisty. Rachel Roda, 24, of Harehills, Leeds, is 23 weeks pregnant and fought off a burglar who broke into her home last week.
Date: 11th Mayl 2015, Picture James Hardisty. Rachel Roda, 24, of Harehills, Leeds, is 23 weeks pregnant and fought off a burglar who broke into her home last week.
  • Rachel Roda was 22 weeks pregnant
  • Thief hit her in stomach with PlayStation console before she leapt on him to protect her toddler
  • Medics unsure about health of unborn child
  • Police have issued efit image of thug
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An expectant mum says she fears for her unborn child after she was attacked by a burglar in her Leeds home.

Rachel Roda, 24, was hit in the stomach by the intruder after she came face to face with him in the bedroom of her terraced house in Bexley Place, Harehills.

The mum-of-one, who was 22 weeks pregnant, has a visible bump and has previously suffered a miscarriage, fell down the stairs as she grappled with the thug to protect her 15-month-old son.

She said medics have been unable to tell her if her pregnancy will survive the ordeal.

“They said it’s going to take a while before I’ll know and there’s nothing they can do,” she said.

“I’m still in pain, I haven’t been sleeping, I don’t want to be in the house on my own.

I don’t know how anyone could do this. He needs to be caught.

Rachel Roda

“I don’t know how anyone could do this. He needs to be caught.”

The incident happened at about 4.30pm last Tuesday, when the man broke in through a first floor window.

Miss Roda, who was in an attic room, heard a thud and went down to find him rifling through drawers.

She said: “I went to grab my phone and told him I was calling the police. He said ‘Tell me where it is’ – I assume he was talking about money.

Miss Roda leapt on the thief to protect her young son

Miss Roda leapt on the thief to protect her young son

“He grabbed a PlayStation and hit me in the stomach and then went out of the room, but he turned round because he heard my son upstairs.

“I jumped on him and we were wrestling and we both fell down the stairs.”

The attacker grabbed the keys to the house and ran out, chillingly warning Miss Roda: “I’ll be back.” She said: “It was absolutely terrifying.”

The robber was mixed race, aged 24 to 25, about 5ft 4ins tall and slim. He was wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans and black trainers.

Det Con Amy Spaven, of Leeds neighbourhood crime team, said: “The victim was left in a lot of pain and was very upset and concerned about the potential for her unborn child to have been injured.”

Anyone with information should call Det Con Spaven at Stainbeck police station via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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