10-Year-Old Daughter Calls Father for Help, After Being Tied Up by Home Intruder in Brooklyn

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
August 17, 2017USshare
10-Year-Old Daughter Calls Father for Help, After Being Tied Up by Home Intruder in Brooklyn
(Screenshot via ABC7)

Two young children in Brooklyn got the fright of their lives when an intruder got into their apartment and tied them up, taping their mouths shut and binding their feet.

But while the intruder was stealing items from their Bushwick neighborhood home, one of the children secretly called their father for help.

That call may have saved the siblings lives.

The father of the two children, William Rodriguez, told ABC7 what thoughts were running through his head when he first got the terrifying call from his daughter.

“As soon as my daughter called me and told me there was a man in my house and tied her up, I just went crazy, nuts,” Rodriguez said.

All the father could do was try to get back home as quickly as he possible.

While Rodriguez was racing home, his 10-year-old daughter Angelina and her brother, 7-year-old Angel were both held up in their apartment as the intruder was ransacking their bedroom. The children’s mother, Ada had temporarily left their apartment to go to the laundry room in their building, ABC7 reported.

When Ada left, a stranger entered the building hallway and rang their apartment’s doorbell. Angelina, thinking it was her mom opened the door.

ABC7 asked the children if they were scared. “Yeah,” replied Angelina.

“When I opened the door it was a stranger and he just pushed me and my brother,” Angelina told ABC7.

“He said bad words to us. He said, ‘Sit down,’ and he said, ‘Shut up,'” said Angel.

The siblings explain how the intruder used a roll of tape and two knives from the kitchen to tie them up.

“He taped them up by the feet like that and my daughter as well. And then he taped their mouth,” Rodriguez said.

But the intruder seemed to miss one thing—tying their hands. As the man continued to ransack their bedroom, that was the moment Angelina showed quick-thinking skills and grabbed the phone.

“I called my father and I put it on speaker so he could go and think that my dad was coming,” said Angelina. “I was just thinking in my head because if I don’t call my father, maybe something even more bad is going to happen. So I just called.”

When the intruder heard Rodriguez’s voice through the speaker, he suddenly fled the apartment.

“I got here in less than three minutes, thinking that I was going to find this man downstairs but he got away,” Rodriguez told ABC7.

The children think the intruder was only there for around 5 minutes and would have likely been caught on security cameras in the building.

The father praised his two siblings over the handling of the incident.

“She [Angelina] had a lot of courage to do that, you know. I applaud her,” he said.

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Family Returns Home to Find Blood on Walls, Floors After Pet Dog Attacks Intruder, Viral Video Shows

Pet dog Oden. (Screenshot via Facebook, Tristan James Murrin)
Pet dog Oden. (Screenshot via Facebook, Tristan James Murrin)

By Bowen Xiao

WARNING: Some may consider images graphic. 

A family from Chesterfield, Virginia, returned home to find blood covering the walls and floors of their home.

The Ashbrooke neighborhood where the family lives has had several break-ins recently, according to the family. They came home Thursday night, Aug. 10, to discover their home had been broken into, but thanks to their pet German shepherd, the robber got away without stealing anything. Instead, the would-be thief was lucky to escape with his life, ABC 8 News reported.

Tristan Murrin, the person who first saw the horror scene told ABC 8 News, “We didn’t see anything wrong nothing at the front door.”

But when their family dog, Oden, greeted them, they knew something was amiss.

“We noticed something when we walked in, when I walked in with my mother and there is blood spots on the ground, we looked upstairs and you see trails of blood coming from upstairs going all the way down,” said Murrin.

Murrin turned to Facebook to share his story in hopes of catching the intruder. His post, including the video of the bloody scene and photos of their dog, has gone viral reaching over 124,000 reactions and over 141,144 shares after only posting it last week on Aug. 11.

“Last night we had a break in, luckily no one was home. My best friend Oden who is a German shepherd, protected my home and belongings when I wasn’t there, I couldn’t be more proud of him. Such an amazing breed that’s why everyone who doesn’t have an actual dog should consider on adopting or buying a dog. Please share and like to get the story out,” the post reads.

“My dog, he’s a pretty big dog, it’s a larger German shepherd,” Murrin said.

Murrin told ABC 8 News that Oden has never shown aggressive behavior before, mentioning how home videos show the same dog playing and lying down with a young child.

“He plays with the kids, the cul-de-sac knows him. They know him as big dog, the community loves him, the kids come up to him and want to touch him and play with him,” said Murrin.

Murrin confirmed that nothing was stolen from their home. He said he is thankful Oden was not hurt in the incident and was happy he protected the home.

“I think the dog did its job. He knew that someone was not supposed to be in my house and no one was home and he knows that he wasn’t supposed to be in there and he was doing something that he wasn’t supposed to be doing and so he knew to act upon it,” said Murrin.

The family said the intruder may need serious medical attention due to the large loss of blood.

The police said they are still investigating the incident. No one has been arrested as of this writing and authorities urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

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