Amy Windom says a "MacGyver" moment helped alert authorities after a terrifying incident Tuesday.
An armed burglar entered her Atlanta home in the early morning hours and tied Windom's hands to the headboard of her bed, police said.
The man spent nearly an hour talking to her as she lay there, helpless, she told CNN affiliate WSB.
When the man finally left - taking her car and cell phone, among other items - Windom wondered how she would free herself of her bindings.
"I dragged my laptop over and with my feet I pried it open," she said.
She then typed a message to her boyfriend, who happened to be online. "HELP. Call police," the message read.