PALMDALE – A 12-year-old girl left at home with her 3-year-old sister sought the assistance of neighbors early Wednesday morning as her East Palmdale home was being burglarized, according to reports from the scene.
The girls were not hurt, but the house in the 4200 block of Sorrell Avenue was ransacked, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Quichocho. The burglary occurred around 1.20 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, he said.
A neighbor said the 12-year-old girl ran to her house for help.
“I was asleep and I heard my doorbell ringing like crazy… I opened the door and it was my daughter’s friend,” said Antonette, who did not give her last name. “She was standing in front of my front door with a knife in her hand and crying hysterically, saying that somebody broke into her house.”
The girl said she heard footsteps in her home, so she ran down the stairs and out the front door, Antonette said.
Antonette said she woke up her husband and asked him to go over to the girl’s house, because the girl’s 3-year-old sister was still inside.
Her husband honked his car horn outside the girl’s home to scare aware suspected intruders, then he entered the home and found the 3-year-old unharmed, according to Antonette.
When deputies arrived, no intruders were inside the home, according to a Palmdale Sheriff’s Station broadcast. The incident is still under investigation. The mother of the girls works in Redondo Beach and may have left her children alone so she could go to work, neighbors said.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives at 661-272-2400.