Break-in victim wishes ‘night would never come’

Curtis Hopkins' July 28, 2014 booking photo from the Kent County jail.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Five days after a 73-year-old woman and her daughter were terrorized during a violent middle-of-the-night home invasion, things still haven’t gotten back to normal.

“I wish night would never come anymore,” said the 73-year-old victim, whose 57-year-old daughter was stabbed during the incident. “It was just awful.”

The victim, who asked not to be identified, said her daughter was awakened just before 4 a.m. Friday when a man broke into their apartment in the 400 block of Prospect Avenue SE near downtown Grand Rapids.

Initially, the daughter thought the intruder was a neighbor named Howard looking for help. She called out his name.

“He said, ‘Yeah, I’m Howard. I’m gonna kill you!'” the stabbing victim’s mother said. “Then he drew the knife back.”

He then stabbed her in the chest, inflicting a minor wound.

The 73-year-old said she awoke to her daughter’s screams coming from the main floor living room, where the daughter had been sleeping in a recliner. She went down to see what was happening.

“I was saying, ‘Get out! Get out!'” the woman said. “You feel violated. … He felt free to walk in here and do this to you.”

The intruder headed for the door, but struggled to get out. The woman and her daughter had to give him instructions.

“Did we just instruct this man how to get out this house and he broke in?” the elder victim said with a laugh.

“It was only God that saved us,” she continued, serious again.

Grand Rapids police responded to the scene and collected evidence that they say ultimately lead to the attacker. A crime scene forensics investigator retrieved a latent fingerprint that matched Curtis Lee Hopkins.

He was arrested Monday.

Hopkins’ print was in the system due to his multiple previous run-ins with the law.

The registered sex offender was on parole and has previous convictions for breaking and entering, criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and failure to register as a sex offender.

Hopkins, 48, is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Kent County jail.

“I’m glad they got him,” the 73-year-old victim said. “Maybe I can sleep tonight after all.”

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