LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Thieves raided a Lawrenceville home while a terrified 10-year-old hid under a bed Friday.
"It was so crazy and then, I didn't know what was going to happen," Christopher King told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
King walked Kavanaugh through the series of events that led to an arrest around noon. He said he was alone at his home on Halcyon Way for about 20 minutes when he heard a knock at his door, but he didn’t answer.
“I saw them walk around, and I heard glass shatter," King said.
He said he ran to his brother’s room, hid under the bed and called 911.
“I was like, ‘OK Chris, don't panic. Don't panic at all,’" King told Kavanaugh.
He said he stayed under the bed and took several deep breaths, but then he heard the men running upstairs toward his brother’s room. After he said he heard footsteps, the operator told him to be quiet.
"Tears started coming down my eyes, and that's when I was like, ‘No Chris, I can't cry. Something could happen very bad," King said.
He listened quietly as the burglars rummaged through his brother’s electronics. But then, he heard one of the men say police had arrived. Soon after, he heard his father’s voice.
"My dad was like, ‘Chris, come here,’ had a big hug and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” King said. “I was so happy."
Gwinnett County police arrested 19-year-old D’Andrew Green but are looking for another suspect. Police said King’s story highlights the importance of preparing children for emergencies.
"He did exactly what we would like to see. He kept himself safe and gave police enough information to catch these bad guys," Gwinnett police Cpl. Jake Smith said.