A 12-year-old boy was home alone Monday when a stranger knocked on the door.
That was odd, because his parents had just left for work and he wasn’t expecting anyone to visit, the Associated Press reported. He did what anyone would’ve done, but in this case, it was the wrong decision — he didn’t answer the door.
Scottsdale, Arizona has recently seen a spate of break-ins in which the burglars knock to determine if anyone’s inside, then come in to rob the place when they don’t get an answer, the city government warned.
And that’s just what Robbie Jay Johnson Jr., 36, and Cole Austin Lewallen, 31, did. Both men had criminal records, and apparently had no qualms about entering the boy’s house when he didn’t answer.
According to ABC 15, the boy watched as Johnson and Lewallen came into the backyard. So he ran to the closet, grabbing the phone on the way, hid and called 911, ABC 15 reported.
“Two strange men I don’t know are on my back porch and I think they’re trying to open the door. They’re trying to break down the door right now … I can hear them.”
The boy listened as the men rummaged through his house for 15 minutes, ABC News added. Despite his obvious fear, the child did very well — he followed the burglars’ movement, noting to 911 where they were throughout the ordeal. He also gave the operator a description of their vehicle and told her where he was in the house so police could find him.
Then came a terrifying moment: the suspects spot the child.
“Please don’t hurt me,” he said. “Oh my God, I don’t know what to do.”
“Did they open the door?” the 911 operator asked.
“Yes, they’re running. They’re running… they saw me… What do I do? What do I do?”
Still clinging to the phone, he reported shortly afterward that officers had arrived. The men tried to make their getaway, but thanks to the boys’ call, the home was surrounded with cops. Johnson was immediately taken into custody, but Lewallen made a break for it.
It was short-lived. Police found him in the backyard several houses away and nabbed him with a K9 unit. He was injured during the arrest.
Luckily, the quick-thinking and brave 12-year-old boy wasn’t harmed and Scottsdale authorities are now warning residents about this new brand of burglar. If someone knocks on the door, officials advise people — especially if home alone — should respond by asking them to leave. If the stranger doesn’t, people are advised to call police and hide.
Both men have been charged with multiple felonies in connection with the robbery.
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