13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton explains how to survive a home invasion.
"You are at their mercy," said Sutton, "...focus, I need to survive this."
This advice coming as police search for a brazen burglar.
Terrifying home security video shows the man with a gun in an April 15, 2017 incident.
The crook may be behind up to 20 burglaries near the 215 and Durango Drive, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
His alleged crime spree has been underway since February.
From the southwest to central valley, this is an all too common threat.
In an unrelated incident early Thursday morning, an elderly woman was tied up by burglars at her home near Oakey Boulevard and Rancho Drive.
"There were two men with a gun," said Susan Rodriguez.
The 72-year-old could only think one thing.
"This is it," she said.
You can survive an ordeal like this by staying calm and cooperating, said Lt. Sutton.
A good tactic is to humanize yourself. Lt. Sutton says to start a conversation with the suspect.
"I have children, I want to get through this," he said. "Let's get through this together."
If trained and ready, Lt. Sutton says you have a right to defend your life and home.
Rodriguez was not injured; however, the burglars made off with her cash, jewelry and car. The suspects have also used Rodriguez's bank card at ATMs.
If you recognize the suspect in the string of burglaries near the 215, you can call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.