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Boy's Quick Thinking Prevents Harm During Burglary

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A 12-year old little boy is being called a hero. A man broke into a house on Wednesday afternoon and the cops found the bad guy thanks, in part, to his actions.

"I checked to see who it is and it's a guy with make-shift box, do you see where that bookshelf is that's where I hid," recalled little "Evan," his name was changed to protect him.

The brave young man, home alone, just a week since celebrating his 12th birthday, did absolutely everything right on Wednesday afternoon when an intruder posing as a delivery man came knocking.

"He peaked through that window; no one was home, so he went over here," Evan recalled.

That's when Evan went into action, following the guy's every move as he jumped a fence into the backyard and then smashed a window to get inside.

"I hear glass breaking so I hide. I ran into my brother's bathroom and locked the door," he recalled.

Stepping inside the bathroom tub, he dialed 911 and waited.

"I said, ‘I think someone is in my house... ‘" he said.

"He took a patio chair and used it to break the glass ... and he knew where he wanted to go," said his mother about the burglar.

They believe that the suspect Duane Edward Herrmann, a parole with multiple priors, is also responsible for a break-in in December when they were fumigating their house.

Mom says she was driving home when she learned her son was locked in the bathroom and a burglary was in progress.

"I cannot tell you how frightening it was not knowing if he was safe or not," she recalled.

"I only got scared when I found out they actually broke in…" said Evan.

Sheriff's deputies, a helicopter and K-9 units arrived in a matter of minutes. The suspect hid in the nearby brush and was apprehended after a couple hours of search.

As for Evan, and his two little brothers, warnings of not answering the door to a stranger and paying attention may have saved his life.

"It's an instinct… to do the right thing so I did what I thought would be the safest thing to do," said Evan.

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