Child Home Alone Thwarts Intruders with 911 Call
13-year-old Chloe Symington was home alone when two burglars ransacked her house outside Detroit. She showed INSIDE EDITION how she hid under her bed and called 911.
Chloe: "I think there's somebody in my house. I don't know who. I'm 13 years old. I don't know what to do."
Amazingly, Chloe kept her cool even as the thieves went upstairs and stood in her room right next to the bed she was hiding under.
Chloe: "I'm in my room upstairs. I saw someone looking through my drawers."
911 Operator: "So you said they've already been up and through your bedroom?"
INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked, "At one point one of the robbers was actually in the same room with you. How close was he to you?"
"Three feet, at the most," said Chloe.
"And he didn't see you?" asked Alexander.
"He didn't," said Chloe.
Two 19-year-olds, Daniel Laflin and Michael Zdanukiewicz were accused of stealing $1,500 in Christmas presents from under the tree—all electronics that were bought at Best Buy. Her father's gun collection was also taken.
But Chloe kept her cool for a full 15 minutes before cops arrived.
911 Operator: "Are you still under the bed?"
Chloe: "I'm, almost."
911Operator: "Chloe do you have a bathroom downstairs there?"
911 Operator: "Ok. I want you to go in that bathroom and lock the door until I tell you, ok?"
Chloe said, "I actually told myself not to scream, stay quiet, don't move."
One accused thief was caught, thanks to Chloe, the other turned himself in.
But all the Christmas gifts were gone. So INSIDE EDITION had a special surprise for America's coolest teen. INSIDE EDITION gave her a digital camera and an iPod touch.
Her proud dad, Noel, says it's tough to listen to that 911 call and know just how close his little girl came to danger.
"It took me a couple of days to even listen to the 911 call. I got as far as 'I'm 13 years old and I don't know what to do,' and my heart just sunk," said Noel.