Exclusive: The Untold Story Of The Naked Doggy Door Girl And Her Viral Arrest

Sara Elizabeth Soto went viral with a bizarre home invasion. A year later, she's breaking her silence on the nightmare that followed.

Back in April 2013, police in Weatherford, Texas arrested 25-year-old Sara Elizabeth Soto at 1:45 a.m. for breaking into a married couple’s house via the doggy door. The homeowners found her completely naked in the bathtub, wanting to make a phone call. Police located her black dress on the porch outside.

News outlets from all over the world — web, print, radio, TV, including us — ran with the story of a 4’11″, 110-pound young woman who managed to wriggle through a pet entrance. Soto’s name returns thousands of Google results, but she says not a single journalist reached out for her side of the story — and it’s weirder than anyone imagined.

Also, police may rearrest this aspiring hip-hop artist in the immediate future, which she only discovered when MTV News asked her about a warrant issued the same day as this interview.

We can’t verify 100% of what Soto told us, but we confirmed many details with Weatherford authorities and public records. Here’s her take on that wild night, the massive publicity it generated and the legal saga that continues to ensue — even though, Soto insists, she didn’t actually wriggle through the doggy door in the first place.

First, her parents confessed she was adopted

“So obviously I wanted to get away from my house. I just found out the truth… I’d just found out I don’t know who my father or mother is.”

She drove 60 miles away and into a ditch

“I tried driving, my ass tries driving west. I got to Weatherford and it was late. I had spun out of control because of an 18-wheeler, and I wind up in a ditch. I manage to make it out of there, walk down the freeway — somebody offered to help me, but they were super scary. I made it to the cop station at 12:45, 1:00 in the morning. I’m like, ’Hey, I was in an accident.’ I explained to the cop where it happened. He gets my car towed.”

The Weatherford Police Department confirms that Soto had driven her 2012 silver Nissan into a ditch, although the officer recorded no specific information about an 18-wheeler.

Her phone died, and she claims police wouldn’t let her call home

“I thought [the cop] was going to help me get help. I ask to use a phone to call my mom. … These are his exact words: ’That’s not my problem; there’s a gas station three blocks that way.’ The cop did not help me call my mom — he sent me walking in a little black dress. … I didn’t have any money. Nothing’s open, I bet. … It was a good bit past midnight.”

A Weatherford police sergeant objects, “We don’t have anything like that in the report. We are probably one of the friendliest police departments in the entire world. If somebody wants to report a yellow canary flew into their basement, we’re going to take that report. … If any officer said what [she alleges], they would receive discipline.”

Google Maps shows a Shell station, which closes at 5:00 p.m., located seven minutes from the Weatherford Police Department, not far from the invaded house on Bois D Arc St.:

She tried knocking for help

“I walk toward some houses — maybe somebody will let me use their phone. I knocked on six houses and nobody opened the door. … I was scared ’cause I was by myself. What if [someone] brings me in the house and that’s the last you ever hear of me?

“I start going to people’s backyards. I’ve NEVER broken into a house before. I have music in my head, I have Led Zeppelin going, I’m in ninja mode. [I decide] I’ll grab a cell phone, call my mom and leave. I’ll meet her at an intersection. I’m going by windows in people’s backyards, and I’m nervous. I see this doggy door.”

She got naked as a weirdly logical safety strategy

“What went through my mind subconsciously was, if I take off my dress at this doggy door, I cannot get blamed for stealing anything [or having a weapon] if I have nowhere to put it. Two, the shock factor. If somebody were to be in there, whether it was a male or female, they’d ask me, ’Are you OK?’

“So I take off my dress and panties at the doggy door, so they wouldn’t shoot me…so they’re not scared of me stealing or trying to kill anybody.”

She walked through the door like a regular human

“I allegedly went through the doggy door — I didn’t go through it! Everybody’s wrong… I put my hands through the doggy door and unlock the door…and walk in [the normal way].”

Jumping into the bathtub wasn’t part of her plan

“I don’t see a phone and the alarm sounded and I was like, ’S–t,’ but I was already in the house. I saw one door, it was the bathroom, so I sit in there. … The husband says, ’It must’ve been an animal.’ … He keeps looking around the house, peeps his head in and sees me.

“I guess I did have a smile on my face like they said in the articles — it was just one of those faces, like, ’Hello!’ Hoping he’d be, like, ’What the f–k?’ and just let me out of here. He’s like, ’Honey, there’s a girl in the bathroom,’ and [the wife] goes, ’CALL THE COPS!’

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