Cynthia Valdes, 12, was home alone on Monday and helped catch two would-be burglars when they broke into her Hialeah home.
Just before 1 p.m., someone banged at the Valdes family home on West 79th Street. Cynthia first called her dad, who said he wasn’t expecting anyone. So then she called 911 on her cellphone and hid in her bedroom closet.
“I’m home alone and he’s knocking on my door. Please I need somebody here quick,” she told a dispatcher on an emergency call released by Hialeah police. “He’s in the house. I need someone here quick,” she added, not knowing that two suspects had entered.
While they were inside the house, she stayed on the phone with the emergency dispatcher and told him everything she could.
“I was trembling. I was scared,” the sixth-grader recounted. “I imagined they were just going to rob because they had not seen me.”
At one point the men tried to escape through the back, but the home’s rear gates kept them on the property. That’s when they tried to exit the front door. By then, more than a dozen officers, including SWAT and K-9 teams, had arrived at the house and confronted the men, said Hialeah police spokesman Eddie Rodriguez.
“The last thing they expected was a little girl in a closet with a cellphone,” Rodriguez said.
Hialeah police have charged the two men, Michel Torres, 32, of Miami, and Pedro Estrada, 35, of Homestead, with burglary and auto theft. The white Cadillac they were driving had been reported stolen, Rodriguez said.
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