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Eric Roberts left shaken after intruder with ‘sunken eyes’ said ‘I know you’ and walked off into the darkness

The actor and his wife Eliza are now leaving no stone unturned to ensure their residence was secure
UPDATED AUG 18, 2022
Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts had a frightening with an intruder with 'sunken eyes' (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts had a frightening with an intruder with 'sunken eyes' (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Eric and Eliza Roberts had a frightening experience in their Los Angeles residence when an intruder entered their property on Friday, August 12. Speaking to Radar, Eliza revealed how they had been coping since the disturbing confrontation. What makes the situation even scarier was that their home address was not public knowledge. 

The couple is now ramping up their security and installing preventive measures after the intruder said the chilling words, "I know you" to Eric. Eliza, a casting director, lives with her actor husband, Eric, who is actress Emma Roberts' father and the brother of 'Notting Hill' star Julia Roberts


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Actor Eric Roberts (L) and Eliza Roberts attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Actor Eric Roberts and his wife Eliza Roberts tied the knot in 1992 (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Eliza revealed that they were all a little shaken up and were now correcting their security lapses. For instance, they did not have any source of lighting in their driveway. This, however, will now change as the encounter took place along their driveway. Recalling the incident, she mentioned that their gate code had entered the public domain during the pandemic in order to receive package deliveries.

Earlier too, before the break-in, there had been an instance when her purse went missing from her car. This was enough to frighten them because, she said, "Our driveway is really long so they had to come all the way up the driveway and think: what can I find in the car?" In fact, she goes on to mention, "Besides the inconvenience and the shock, it's just a weird feeling that somebody was just comfortable enough just being there."

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Eric Roberts was alone when he confronted the intruder in his home (Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

The breach of privacy and a stranger intruding onto their private residential space is certainly an alarming situation. To top it off, the recent incident took place when Eliza's sister was throwing a birthday party for her niece. Driving with her daughter for the celebrations, Eliza recalled that her husband did not attend the event with them owing to an early flight the next morning.

When the mother-daughter duo returned, she got down at the gate as her daughter drove off. Walking inside, she suddenly saw Eric in his bathrobe who then questioned her about a man who had followed her in. He spoke about his encounter with the man, describing his appearance. The intruder seemed to have "really sunken eyes", long, unruly hair, and on the whole, "did not look well, he looked off." He even told Eric, "I know you", which may either be as a fan of his works or one some personal level. She revealed that her husband behaved well with the man, but told him in strong terms that he needed to leave. 

Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts attend Cinelounge Theatres and Cleopatra Records present a special Valentine's Day screening of the Classic Musical
The intruder had seemingly entered the premises behind Eliza Roberts ( Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The intruder was last seen walking off into the darkness alone. The celebrity couple then went ahead and called the cops to report the incident immediately out of fear that they were still at risk. Around seven police vehicles arrive to scour and patrol the area. According to authorities, it was tough to determine his agenda. "He could either be just opportunistic or someone who was watching and then decided to make their move or a return visit," they said. The couple have since then ensured that their gate was properly closed at all times, and that their security was being overseen by their actor friend, Bourke Floyd, who works in law enforcement.

The events have understandably left them and their loved ones shaken and traumatized. She also mentions that she was now more conscious of her surroundings and was grateful "it wasn't worse." She added that they were "comforting each other" and that everyone was really concerned and incredibly sweet."