7-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Family From Attackers
NORWALK, Calif. (March 10) -- A quick-witted 7-old-boy thwarted an armed home
invasion robbery when he locked himself in a bathroom with his little sister and
The boy, identified only as Carlos, detailed his harrowing
ordeal to news reporters this afternoon and hugged the dispatcher who was on the
other end of the phone line as he begged for help from police.
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"They were next to the door with my
mom and dad, and my mom [and dad] were putting their hands up and their heads
down," Carlos said of the two men who burst into his home with guns Tuesday
Then the gunmen broke down the door to the bathroom where the
children were hiding and grabbed the phone from Carlos. Screams can be heard on
a 911 tape as the suspects asked the boy who he had been calling. "911," Carlos
calmly answered. The men fled before deputies arrived.
Patino, who has a young son herself, fought back tears as she recalled trying to
keep Carlos calm before the line went dead.
"I didn't know what happened
to them, all I heard was them screaming last and the voices fading," Patino said
during the news conference. "I was horrified, I was nervous, I got very shaky. I
had to take a walk to shake it off a little bit, but for those last few minutes
not knowing -- it was horrible."
According to authorities, two men
entered Carlos' home in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk after his 6-year-old
sister had retrieved her lunch pail from the family car, leaving the front door
The men held handguns and a third stood outside as a lookout. As
they ordered Carlos' family to the ground, the boy grabbed his sister and fled
to a bathroom with a telephone, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Steve Kenny
told AOL News.
The 911 tape records a terrified Carlos describing the
event to Patino as his sister sobs in the background.
"There's some guys,
they're going to kill my mom and my dad, can you come please? Can you come
really fast, please, please?" Carlos begged. "They come, they ring the door and
they have guns. They shoot my mom and dad. Can you come really fast. Bring the
cops ... a lot of them ... and bring soldiers, too."
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