Police in Massachusetts say the quick thinking of a 12-year-old helped them nab an alleged would-be intruder after the man attempted to break into the girl’s home.
The girl was home alone in Auburn, Massachusetts Monday afternoon, when a man, now identified by police as Clinton Joyce, reportedly tried to enter the house. The girl quickly hid in an upstairs closet and called 911.
“He has no car and he’s trying to break in. And I’m home alone, and I don’t know what to do,” she told the dispatcher. “He knocked on the door first, then he went to the neighbor’s house. Then he kept trying to knock on the back door and tug at it. Then he’s, like, banging on the garage.”
The girl gave a precise description of the suspect, telling the dispatcher he was wearing a red Auburn t-shirt and a hat. She also sent along a short video recorded on her cell phone from the upstairs window.
Officers quickly responded and Joyce was arrested minutes later, walking down a nearby street, according to NBC affiliate WHDH. Police say he was out on parole for similar crimes. He faces charges including two counts of attempted residential breaking and entering. Joyce has pleaded not guilty.