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AS BURGLARS BREAK IN, TERRIFIED TEEN STAYS CALM IN CLOSET, DIALS 911

BSO Case Number: PB12-06-05952
PIO Number: 12-6-26
Date: June 21, 2012
Time: 2:17 - 2:27 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 2400 block of Northeast 10th Avenue, Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Alexis Stannis, 13, female, Pompano Beach
  • Daron Stannis, 10, male, Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • three juveniles, males, ages 15, 15 and 17

Description of Incident:

The 911 call captured the hushed and shaky voice of a 13-year-old girl asking for help.

“Me and my brother are home alone, and these two guys are in our back yard trying to break in,” Alexis Stannis whispered to a Broward Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Thursday afternoon. She and her younger brother were hiding in a closet, listening in terror as burglars slipped in through a window and walked through the rooms of their house.

It started at 2:17 p.m. June 21 when 10-year-old Daron told his sister he heard something suspicious outside the family’s house. Alexis saw the burglars trying to get in, so she grabbed her cell phone and her brother and ran into a bedroom. She locked the door, and the two hid in a closet while she dialed 9-1-1. BSO deputies headed to the house as Alexis calmly relayed information to the dispatcher about where she and her brother were and what she was hearing from the burglars. She admitted she was scared.

Deputies surrounded the house, and with Alexis and Daron still in the closet, eventually found the burglars hiding in the closet of another bedroom. All three were charged with armed burglary of a residence and theft. The suspects also admitted to breaking into a house next door where they used their knives to pry open a door.

Deputies said they had knocked on the door before they broke in – a common tactic among burglars trying to determine if anyone is home.

“We can no longer tell our children not to answer the door if Mom and Dad aren’t home,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “They should never open the door to strangers, but they have to let criminals know that somebody is home. And they should call 9-1-1 like Alexis. ”

Media note: Sheriff Lamberti, Alexis and Darren Stannis and their mother will be available to speak to media at 10 a.m. Monday at the Public Safety Building.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. Cusumano, Sgt. Heitmann, Pompano Beach CI
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO Pompano Beach June 25, 2012 0900

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