Girls home alone during break-in share story
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two South Florida girls are sharing their courageous story after two men broke into their home while they were home alone.
Nineteen-year-old John Serna and 18-year-old Johnnatan Moreno appeared in bond court on Friday. A judge charged the pair with burglary and other charges after, police said, they broke into a home while two young girls were inside.
The 10-year-old and 13-year-old sisters were home alone on summer vacation when Serna and Moreno broke into the home located on West 53rd Street in Hialeah, Thursday morning. "I was really scared," said the 10-year-old.
The girls noticed a suspicious car outside. "I called my dad, and he said to take a picture of the car, and we took a picture of the car, and then my dad was like, 'We've never seen that car," said the girl.
"And then you just hear glass breaking, and we locked the door in the bathroom," said the 13-year-old.
The girls locked themselves in the bathroom with their dog Oreo and immediately called 911.
Dispatcher: "You're still locked in the bathroom with your sister, correct?"
Girl: "Oh, my God."
Dispatcher: "OK, listen to me, calm down. I already have help en route."
The girls held Oreo's muzzle shut to keep him from barking. Police arrived on the scene and arrested the pair.
Police said the girls did everything right. "It's like it would have been rehearsed," said Hialeah Police Department Detective Carl Zogby. "They found a safe place in the house. They hid in there. They locked themselves in the bathroom. They immediately dialed 911."
Police said it was not the first time Moreno and Serna have broken into a home. An hour earlier, the pair burglarized a home on 53rd Street. One of them went inside the home through the window and left after coming face-to-face with a disabled occupant.
Serna and Moreno are being held on $37,000 bond.
If you have been a victim of a recent burglary in the Hialeah area, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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