An 11-year-old boy in Hollywood helped arrest three burglars robbing his home, although 911 dispatchers very nearly thought his call for help was a hoax.
Luis Gutierrez, Jr., 11, was home alone while his parents stepped out briefly on an errand, according to a Newsy video, when burglars broke into his house.
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In the 911 audio obtained from ABC News, the operator asked the boy, "Is the person inside the house?" Luis replies with a polite "Yes, mam" before squeaking out a worried "Can you please come?"
At one point in the call, the operator can be heard telling someone nearby that she's not sure if the call is real. Hearing this, Luis cries out quietly "It's real! It's real!" and the operator dispatches Hollywood Police to the scene.
Upon arrival, officers tapped on the bedroom window where the young boy hid and rescued him through the bedroom window before arresting the burglars inside.
The suspects were charged with burglary of an occupied structure, grand theft, and possession of burglary tools, ABC News reports.
“He was a brave little kid,” Hollywood spokeswoman Lt. Nikki Coffin told the Miami Herald . But he also had the support of his canine and his father.
According to the Sun Sentinel , before crawling under the bed, Luis grabbed his dog, Cookie, and called his dad, who told him to call 911.
Oddly enough, earlier that same day another preteen had to call 911 for the same reason.
Alexis Stannis, 13, and her 10-year-old brother Darren called 911 from a closet after hearing and seeing burglars breaking into their home, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office press release.
BSO reports that the burglars first knocked -- a method often used before home break-ins to determine if the house is empty.
“We can no longer tell our children not to answer the door if Mom and Dad aren’t home,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said in the release. “They should never open the door to strangers, but they have to let criminals know that somebody is home. And they should call 9-1-1 like Alexis. ”
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