A close call for a young Omaha girl has experts pointing to the case as an example for others. Katelyn Allen made all the right moves Tuesday when a burglar broke into her home.
Police surround the home near 72nd and Blondo early Tuesday morning after a report of a burglary. The only person home at the time was 12-year-old Katelyn.
She said, “I was sitting in the living room on the chair and I hear these loud bangs on the backdoor. I knew he had already broke down the first door so I ran into the bathroom and locked myself.”
Katelyn stayed locked in the bathroom and on the phone with 911 but she could still hear the intruder inside her home and that's when she decided to escape. Police arrived just as she was crawling out the bathroom window.
The suspect took off.
Katelyn says her mom taught her just what to do.
“She's talked to me before about what to do. She told me to go hide under the stairs but I did the bathroom because it was closer.”
Sue Alby teaches a babysitting class at the American Red Cross. She says Katelyn did just the right thing and it's a lesson other families can learn from when leaving their child at home.
Alby said, “Each child is different, so you need to evaluate the maturity of your child and definitely have discussions with them about what staying home means.”
She says that means having discussions about what to do in case of an emergency like a break-in, just like Katelyn's mom did.
Tara Allen said, “She was a smart little girl. She did exactly what she was supposed to do. I'm proud of her.”
Katelyn did have some minor injuries from climbing out the window but she is doing okay.
Omaha police did take a suspect into custody but no arrests have been made. They believe another suspect is at large.
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP. You can also find a link on the WOWT 6 News Crime Stoppers page.
The American Red Cross does provide babysitting classes for young people interested in learning more about safety while home alone.
The next classes in Omaha are on Saturday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 17th.
You can register by visiting: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class.