A 12-year-old Massachusetts boy who was home alone locked himself in the bathroom and quickly called police after he heard someone breaking in Thursday, helping police capture the home invaders.
Brockton police say they got the 911 call just after 3 p.m. Thursday from the boy, who was locked in an upstairs bathroom in his home on Hillberg Avenue.
"They said, 'Is there anywhere you can go? and I said, 'No, 'cause they're already upstairs,'" Lou told necn, recalling what dispatchers told him to do. Although still fearful, the 12-year-old boy and his mother shared their ordeal with necn first.
Police say when responding officers arrived, they saw two men holding electronics through the back window, and that after the men spotted police, they dropped everything and ran.
Authorities say they found the men hiding in a basement bathroom.
Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Charles Griffin of Plymouth and 19-year-old Khary Daise of Boston face charges, including felony breaking and entering.
Brockton Police Lt. Kenneth Grice told the Brockton Enterprise that the 12-year-old was found unharmed.
"It has to be a scary situation for him," LeGrice told the Enterprise, adding, "He did the right thing in dialing 911 as soon as he though something was not right. There was no hesitation on his part, which is great."
Lou's mother recalls feeling that she was going to lose the 12-year-old boy she still calls her baby.
"When I heard him whispering and I got on the phone with the dispatcher, I thought that was it," his mother told necn.
Lou's mom says he was smart and kept his phone hidden until one of the robbers broke down the bathroom door and found him hiding in the tub.
"He said, 'Stay in there!' Like he yelled it. And he lunged at me, but he didn't come at me. As soon as he said one word, I started bawling like I couldn't stop crying," Lou said.
Lou's mother said the ordeal has been traumatic.
"I think this is by far one of the worst experiences that I've ever had to go through just knowing that I was that far away, that my hands were tied, that I couldn't protect him," Lou's mother said.
Griffin and Daise are set to be arraigned Friday. It's not clear if either has an attorney.