Prowler comes face-to-face with kids in Parlier
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
A Parlier family is now on edge after two of its kids came face-to-face with a prowler Tuesday morning.
"As much as I love this house, I don't want to be here anymore," says 11-year-old Omar Garcia.
He had been home with his sisters, ranging in ages from four to 18.
Their mother, Sugey Ramirez, had been working.
“I’ve told them that since they’re on vacation, if someone knocks, take a look at who it is,” Ramirez says. “If they don’t know who it is, they don’t have to open the door.”
That’s exactly what Garcia did after a man came knocking at the family’s back door around 9:00 a.m.
He and his younger sister then heard a kick.
A panel in the wooden door was gone.
“He’s just coming in,” Omar said. “He sees us and runs out towards a field. He said a bad word and then he ran.”
He ran to his older sisters’ room and asked them to call 9-1-1.
Then, they called their mom.
“I had a lot of missed calls on my cell phone,” says Ramirez, who says she didn’t check her phone until she was on break at work. “All they said was that there was an emergency at home.”
When she arrived, she counted at least eight Fresno County Sheriff’s patrol cars.
Deputies were looking through the orchard.
Others were collecting fingerprints and shoe prints off the door panel that was kicked in.
“You go to work and think everything’s gonna be okay… but it’s not,” says Ramirez.
A Sheriff’s spokesman says the children did the right thing by not opening the door.
But, they could have taken one more step.
“At least shout through the door and say you’re unavailable to make them go away. If the persons refuses to go away, tell them you’re calling the police,” says Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff’s Spokesman.
“I feel nervous. It might happen again or something,” says Omar.
“As a mom I’m gonna be worried,” Ramirez says. “I won’t be able to go to work comfortably, either.. what if he comes back?”
Deputies say the man is described to be 20 to 30 years old, 5'8'' tall and weighs around 160 pounds with a dark beard and mustache.
Nothing was taken and no one was hurt.