DALLAS -- Donna and Walter Williams were asleep in their bed Tuesday morning when they were startled by a loud noise.

"Boom, boom, boom!" Donna said. "My husband jumped up, and he said, 'Somebody's trying to break in!'"

She said the couple started panicking, frantically searching for something to use to protect themselves. Their home on Blanton Drive had been broken into before.

"We heard, 'Open the door! Open the door now!'" Donna recalled.

She and her husband went to the front door, cracked it open, and found themselves blasted by bright lights and a loud voice.

"'Come out with your hands up! Come out with your hands up!'" Donna remembered. "I didn't have nothing but a gown on, and my husband, he had shorts on and no shirt.

Donna Williams
Donna Williams

"We came out, they threw my husband on the ground, and handcuffed him," she continued. "Then, they put the handcuffs on me from the front. I was crying. I was hysterical."

The Williams' home was the unsuspecting target of the FBI.

The men in her yard were agents, armed with guns. They proceeded to enter the home to search it, looking in every closet, according to Williams. They said they were looking for a man who they had seen entering or leaving the premises.

"He showed me the picture, and I said, 'Sir, I've never seen this man before in my life,'" Williams said. "It's only me, my husband, and our little dog."

The Williams bought the home last December. Walter Williams is an elementary school janitor in Dallas ISD, and Donna worked as a quality assurance assistant.

They lead a quiet life and were shocked by the incident.

"I'm 60 years old. I've never ever been to jail. I've never been handcuffed in my life," Donna said. "That was traumatic for me, because I kept saying, 'Well, what did we do? What did we do wrong?'"

Donna and Walter Williams' home
Donna and Walter Williams' home

Williams said that Walter has had back surgery, and she worries about the toll it may have taken on him.

"They threw my husband on the ground," she said.

Williams said that the agents were wearing clothing that said FBI, but she said they never identified themselves or showed a warrant.

"I'm not a police officer, but I watch a lot of '48 Hours,' and you're supposed to at least identify yourself," she said. "They didn't even tell us they were the FBI."

After the agents cleared the home, Donna Williams said they gave her a phone number for the FBI's Dallas Field Office and told her to call if they had done any damage.

"And that's a wrap! They gone!" she said.

Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas M. Class, Sr. provided a statement to News 8 about the incident:

"The FBI attempted to execute a lawful, federal arrest warrant at [the home on] Blanton Street, Dallas, Texas, based upon probable cause to believe a wanted subject resided at that location. The FBI determined through a search of the home and the cooperation of the residents that the subject was not there, and agents departed the scene," he wrote.

Donna Williams said she's now having trouble sleeping and worries whenever she hears a police siren.

"I'm hearing about all of this killing going on. Some of these police are so quick to shoot, I didn't know what they was going to do," she said.

She would like an apology and some answers for how the FBI could get it so wrong.

"I want to know why we were treated that way," she said. "It was so scary. They didn't ring the doorbell. They didn't knock on the door. All they was trying to do was break in, and proceeded to treat us like criminals."