In a 911 recording, you can hear the fear in her voice, as she huddles in the bedroom and calls for help. A big sister kept her brothers safe and helped police track down a pair of home intruders.
Volusia County deputies said three kids called 911 from their home on Schaub Avenue in Orange City, after two men broke into the house while the children were home alone.
Deputies said around noon, someone knocked on the front door. Less than an hour later, the men broke into the home. When the kids heard this, they hid in the back bedroom and called 911.
"Can you hide? Can you hide?" asked the 911 operator. "No, we don't have anywhere to go," the girl replied. "Do you know who it is?" the operator asked. "No," she responded. stay on the line with me I don't want you to hang up
The girl explains that the men had knocked on the door but she did not answer. She said she looked out the window and 3 men and a silver car.
"They're in! Oh my God!" she tells the operator. "Are your brothers with you?" the operator asks and then tells the girl, "You need to stay strong for them. You don't want them to be upset, ok?"
When deputies showed up, they arrested one of the suspects in this case. The other one took off in a vehicle, but deputies believe they have identified a suspect.
"Looks like their parents did a good job teaching them how to handle this type of situation, to hide in the back room and call 911 and be safe," said neighbor Kristin Cross. "I think they did a good job."
The girl on the phone is just 17. She was watching her 10 and 8-year old brothers. the parents and kids were too upset to talk with us.