On Nov. 22 at around 10:15 p.m., Hannah Viverette was enjoying a relaxing evening alone in her apartment. "I love to meditate, I love to dance. A lot of times, I will set my phone up on record when I’m doing so," she told BuzzFeed.
After about 15 minutes of dancing and meditating, Hannah heard her balcony door crack open. She initially thought it was the wind, until she took a closer look and saw a man standing there. The entire exchange can be seen in the following video, which now has 39 million views on TikTok:
"My whole world stopped," Hannah said. "I was prepared for him to pull something out of his pockets because he would not take his hands out of his pockets as he was staring at me and mumbling things that I couldn’t understand."
She yelled at him to leave her apartment and watched him go back on the balcony, then she immediately knocked on her neighbor's door and called 911.
The police didn't arrive until over 40 minutes after she called, but the investigation was able to take off quickly, due to the fact that Hannah had seen the man before. "I’ve seen him plenty of times, but only at my apartment complex. I did not know where he lived, I didn’t know his name, I knew nothing about this man except what he wore, which was often some sort of construction attire," she said. "And he was always driving the same white truck."
The man had acted creepily toward Hannah on multiple occasions, often staring at her as she sat on her balcony. "He had made a point to make me uncomfortable and it was almost as if he liked it," she said. "He would make sure that I knew that he was looking at me."
In the days following the break-in, Hannah learned that the man lived in the building across the street from her. The morning after the incident, she told the leasing office what happened and they brought him in for questioning. When his story didn't align with Hannah's video evidence, the police were able to call him down to the station. "He pretty much incriminated himself when he admitted to climbing my balcony, but lied and said that he was invited up," Hannah said.
He spent the night in jail, but was released on bail the following morning. Hannah has filed a peace order against him, which is similar to a restraining order, but he will not be evicted from his apartment until Dec. 14. "He still has two more weeks until his eviction. That is not OK with me," she said.
Following the incident, Hannah had a terrifying realization regarding something that had happened a couple months prior. "In early September, about a month after moving in, I woke up in the middle of the night to find a random notebook lying by my couch by my front door," she said. It looked like a book that would belong to a maintenance person, so the next morning she went down to the leasing office and demanded to know if any of the building's employees were in her apartment.
They recognized one name in the book, she said, but they didn't give her a clear answer. The building employees offered to change her locks and she agreed, leaving the book with them. Following the break-in, she asked if they still had the book, but they couldn't find it. Hannah had fortunately taken photos of the book by her couch at the time, and after getting some copies blown up, she realized the perpetrator's name was at the top. "My mind has been racing since, knowing he came into my apartment like that, because I know that he’s been in there before now and I’m fearful," she said.
Her leasing office now denies that the man was ever their employee, despite multiple residents telling Hannah that he used to work maintenance there and has lived in the building for a long period. Hannah is also still legally bound to her lease, so she's hired an attorney — Symone Redwine — to help her break it. "I absolutely need to be out of the current apartment that I'm living in," she said. "She’s been the one that’s been helping me reroute my life."
Multiple women in Hannah's building have told her that they've also had uncomfortable encounters with the same man. "To me, by this video going viral, it serves some sort of justice," she said. "He will not be able to get away with what he’s done and that helps me feel a little bit better. However, he’s still a danger, he’s still walking freely, and that’s not okay."
Hannah first uploaded the video on Facebook and Instagram to inform her friends and family about what had happened. A couple days later, she decided on a whim to post it to TikTok — a platform she'd hardly ever used before. "I logged into my account 16 hours later to see over a million likes and I thought somebody was punking me," she said.
Hannah said she's received an outpouring of love and support from people who have seen the video. "Women have also reached out to tell me similar experiences or things that they had gone through that they weren’t fortunate enough to get on video," she said. "Or their story had a much more horrific ending than mine, and how me sharing this video was something that they were proud of me for."
The break-in was a life-changing experience for Hannah. "When you go through something like that, it’s traumatizing to the point where you’re living in kind of a constant state of fear. It increases your anxiety, it’s given me problems sleeping at night. There’s just so many things that run through my head daily now," she said.
Hannah's currently in therapy and is receiving support from family and friends as she navigates the road ahead. She's also thought a lot about the bigger picture of what happened to her. "What can we do? Because obviously there’s an issue. So many women are experiencing being pursued or having advances made at them to where it’s very uncomfortable," she said. "Something in us tells us that we need to stay quiet and that’s not true."
If you feel you are in imminent danger and/or have been threatened or stalked, please call 911 immediately. You can find more resources at SPARC.
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