Babysitting is a great job for teens in suburbs. You make money, you can kick back and do homework, and all you have to do is play with some kids! It’s a dream. But sometimes, it can become a nightmare. That’s what happened for a 14-year-old girl from California whose night turned scary in moments after criminals arrived at the home she was working in. Luckily, this fast-thinking teen made it out safe with a little help from her cell phone!
A teenager in Montclair, CA was able to save herself and her young niece, thanks to some quick thinking and a cell phone.
Fourteen-year-old Savannah Jones was babysitting her Four-year-old niece Zoyee when a strange man came to the front door. He knocked twice and when she didn’t recognize the man through the peephole, she grabbed her niece and backed away from the door.
“While I was standing here, I heard the doorknob move,” she explained to KCAL while standing in the front room of her house.
After the doorknob started jiggling, Jones ran with her niece to a bathroom and locked the door.
“I was very scared. Not so much for myself but for Zoyee,” she told KABC.
“Then I heard one or two more loud bangs. That’s when I realized he was in the house,” she said. “I could hear him going through my mom’s room. He came toward the door where we were hiding. I was just hoping he wouldn’t know we were in there.”
“I had Zoyee hiding behind the toilet and I locked myself in there,” she told Los Angeles’ CBS affiliate. “I kept staring at the door. I was hoping that he wouldn’t try to open it.”
She said that the intruder came close to where they were hiding several times.
Jones was afraid to call 911, thinking that the intruder might hear her on the phone. So, she texted her mother and asked her to call for them.
“He is inside mom he’s gonna here me,” she wrote. “U call or come home or something mom.”
Her mother alerted a nearby neighbor who went over to check the home as the intruder fled. When he began shouting for Savannah, she didn’t answer because she was still afraid that the intruder might hear her.
“I wanted to yell back. I wanted to let him know that I was in here, but I wasn’t sure that the guy had left, so I didn’t say anything,” she said.
While the kid kept a cool head during the invasion, she admitted that she gets worked up thinking about it now.
“When I do think about it, I do get kind of emotional, I guess, thinking about what could have happened and thinking that he was in the same room with us,” she said.
In an interview with CBS 2, Savannah said she felt a range of emotions about the event.
“Relief and then knowing that he’s still out there,” she explained through tears. “I don’t know.”
Montclair police looked for the intruder but have not yet named a suspect.
“Montclair police officers … including a K-9 officer, conducted an extensive search for the suspect, however he was not located and remains outstanding,” they said in a statement.
Surprisingly enough, nothing was stolen by the man who ransacked several rooms in the house. However, police are still seeking information about the intruder.
What do you think? Would you be able to act that quickly? Would you do the same in Savannah’s shoes? Would you be able to sleep knowing that a home invader was still out there? Sound off in the comments with how you would handle this particular situation and be sure to SHARE this article.