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An 11-year-old boy is being credited with helping police catch three juvenile suspects who broke into his Hollywood home when his father went to pick up dinner Thursday. The boy and his father, Luis Gutierrez, discuss the incident.
An 11-year-old boy is being credited with helping police nab three juvenile suspects who broke into his Hollywood home Thursday.
According to Hollywood Police, the boy called 911 to report that there was an unknown person knocking on his door at his home on the 4900 block of Johnson Street.
The boy, who said he was hiding under his bed, told the dispatcher that he heard glass break and heard voices coming from his parents' room, police said.
“I was watching TV and I went to get something to drink when I saw somebody throw a hammer, through a window," the boy told NBC 6 Friday. He did not want to use his name or go on camera.
His father Luis Gutierrez said he had been home alone for just five minutes when the break-in happened. His son grabbed his dog and the phone and called his father, who told him to hide and call 911.
"When he called I just made a U-turn. I never got to go to Pollo Tropical," Gutierrez said.
His son ran to his room and quietly sought refuge behind his desk and his bed.
In the 911 call from the incident, the frightened boy whispers to the dispatcher that he's trying to hide.
"Are the cops here yet?" the boy bravely asks.
"Be quiet, okay, talk very softly," the dispatcher replies.
Officers responded to the home around 5:45 p.m. and found broken glass in the kitchen, according to a Hollywood Police report.
The dispatcher was able to direct officers to the boy's window, where they pulled him to safety.
“They said that they were outside my window, so to open it. And then they busted it open and then they grabbed me,” the 11-year-old said.
Police found the three teen suspects and were able to take them into custody. When the trio was searched police found they had taken pieces of jewelry from the home, the report said.
The unidentified suspects were charged with burglary and grand theft.
The boy said he's proud of himself.
His father said he still can't believe what happened to them.
"I felt like I was driving from here to Orlando," Gutierrez said.
On Saturday, police returned to the boy's home and handed his family a piece of stolen jewelry that was recovered.