West Kelowna  

Fights off naked intruder

Alanna Kelly

A West Kelowna family is speaking out after a naked woman broke into their home and attacked them, Sunday.

Danielle Ball and Collin Crabbe say they've had enough of issues with migrant workers in their Scharf Road neighbourhood and claim a handful of businesses are putting their lives at risk.

Ball was at home with their two children, while Crabbe ran to the store with their third child. It was just after noon when a naked woman came onto their porch, started screaming and was "raging" at her dogs.

Ball quickly locked her children in one room and called 911 as the woman broke through the front door.

“I heard banging on the door and then the door starts cracking. I drop the phone, flung myself at the door, pushing as hard as I can,” she said.

The woman broke the door frame, poked her head into their home and Ball screamed for her to leave.

Ball’s mothering instincts took over as she fought to stop the woman from entering her home.

“It was a three-minute fight on my porch of her trying to get in to my house with my kids,” she said. “All I kept saying was 'this isn't happening today, this isn’t happening, whatever you are here for it isn’t happening.'”

She was able to get the intruder to the ground and told her that if she needed help she would try and help, but that she needed to leave first.

“I said: 'You need to leave. Walk up that driveway and go now,'” she recalled.

When Ball let go of her, the woman ran to the back of the property and barricaded herself inside a shed until police removed her.

The Brazilian woman is an employee at Westbank Harvest farm.

The family said they support the local farming practices but are concerned with the condition that workers are being forced to live in.

“These people shouldn’t have been here. There are all these migrant workers who are illegally staying in all these dwellings around us, in tents around us,” said Ball.

Police have not provided any information on the incident.

Westbank Harvest said it has a zero drug and alcohol policy. Owner Brante Farrell said they do preliminary interviews and have a community honour system.

“Anyone acting irregularly or intoxicated is reported to management through the tenants and employees network,” said Farrell.

The family is demanding the situation be cleaned up and that workplace standards be enforced.

“We are sick of it falling on deaf ears and nothing happens,” Ball said. “Things need to change.”

Castanet will be investigating further into the situation and have reached out to Bylaw Enforcement in West Kelowna for a response.

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