Kelly McGillis said she plans to get a concealed-carry permit after narrowly escaping a home invasion in North Carolina. McGillis, television and film actress, is probably best-known for her role as “Charlie” in the global hit “Top Gun.”
McGillis described the attack in detail, which took place on Jun 17 at around 9 p.m. “When I put my key in the front door it was unlocked,” reports Entertainment Tonight. “I thought it was strange but I made up the story that maybe I had left it unlocked just as I had left the bathroom light on.”
“A stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me,” she said. “I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said ‘you know why, you’ve been stalking me in Twitter.’ Not true.” McGillis has since removed the post.
Fearing that there may have been more than one intruder, possibly armed — McGillis keeps guns in the home — the actress decided to make a break for her truck.
“[The attacker] ran out after me and began punching and scratching me trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me. I still had my car keys in my hand so I set off the car alarm. That distracted her enough to throw the cell and try to deal with the keys. More fighting ensued.
“I got the cell phone back and dialed 911 again. More fighting … I finally broke away, got in the truck and drove off trying to find a neighbor to call 911. There was no one around since it was Friday night, so I chased someone in a car, kept flashing my lights and honking the horn. They finally pulled over and she made the 911 call for me. A truly good Samaritan.”
Police have identified the assailant as Laurence Marie Dorn, 38. She is facing second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication charges. Dorn was released after making bail.
McGillis is, sadly, no stranger to violence. She has come out as the victim of multiple assaults and rapes, the first at the age of 12 years old and as a result has decided to carry.
“After each one of these attacks I have moved thinking I could find a safe place,” said McGillis after the attack. “The incident Friday night has now pushed me over the edge. It has been my tipping point. No, I am not a victim. I am a survivor. I am left with all the terrifying feelings of PTSD and trying to pull myself out of the very depth of the all-consuming depression and despair.”
“All I have ever wanted is to feel safe. Safe in my own home … I can’t think. I can’t eat. And I am terrified to be alone … That’s why I am going to start carrying a gun.”
Police issued McGillis an emergency permit and she’s received concealed-carry training.
“They rushed me through the conceal and carry course so I am armed and ready. The Henderson County Sheriff’s department has been absolutely the greatest.”