Josie Bowers was on vacation with her family in Ocean City, Maryland when she got into a sticky situation. Bowers, who is now nineteen years old, said that the incident occurred when she was fifteen. She and her family were on vacation in Maryland from their home in Canada at the time. while the rest of her family enjoyed some time on the beach, Bowers returned to their hotel room by herself to take a shower.

Bowers, raised by a stepfather who was a police officer, thought she would be safe if she stayed inside her Hilton hotel room. She had locked the door, but then something strange started happening. A man was trying to break into her hotel room by sliding a device under the door.

“Before I could take a shower, I heard this noise, so I went over (to the door) to figure out what it was. I found this contraption. I was just standing there in my towel, and this man opened the door.”

“Holy sh*t,” Bowers said in her viral video. “I’m in a towel now, and someone is about to break in and get me.” Because she didn’t have cellphone service in the hotel, she couldn’t call for help. She quickly shut and locked the door.

The intruder tried frantically to break into the hotel room where a fifteen-year-old girl was locked inside. Bowers, being young and unaware of the situation, wanted to open the door a crack to see if it might be an employee from Hilton on a mission to do something in the room.

Luckily, the teenage girl knew of a way to scare away intruders. Because her stepfather was a veteran police officer, he taught Bowers this technique so she would be safer on a day-to-day basis – and it worked great.

“So the door opened a crack, and I just slammed it back shut,” she said in a second video. She strained to hear the muffled conversation of men on the other side of the door. One said, “Hello, miss. Services… We came to fix your door.”

She stated, “I didn’t really have time to process anything. My main thought was I am in a towel, and I’m naked. Do they have weapons? If I stop them, are they going to get mad? Hurt me?”

The girl was young and alone, unsure of what was happening. She gingerly opened the door a crack. The girl knew immediately that the man on the other side of the door was not a Hilton employee. “They were in jeans and a T-shirt.”

“My stepdad is a police officer, and he taught me never to let people know that you are alone.”

She yelled, “Hey dad, there’s somebody here to fix the door.” As soon as I did this, the criminals fled.