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Authorities search for armed men in Norwalk home invasion reported by 7-year-old boy over cellphone

Authorities searched Wednesday for three armed attackers who a 7-year-old boy said broke into his family's Norwalk home and threatened his parents as he hid in a bathroom with his 6-year-old sister and called 911.

"There's some guy who's going to kill my mom and dad," the boy told dispatchers during the Tuesday morning break-in. "Can you come, please? Bring cops ... a lot of them! ... And soldiers too."

The boy told dispatchers he thought his parents had been shot.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. when three suspects armed with handguns stormed through an unlocked door and said they were going to take what they wanted, L.A. County sheriff's officials said.

The boy hid in the bathroom with his sister, locked the door and called 911, officials said, until the attackers broke into the bathroom and found them.

At that point, screaming is heard on the 911 tape. Authorities said one of the suspects grabbed the boy and asked whom he called.

"911," the boy responded, according to the department.

The suspects fled without injuring anyone or taking any property, authorities said.

"If not for the brave and educated actions of the 7-year-old boy, this might have ended tragically," said Capt. Pat Maxwell of the Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said the suspects fled in a gray two-door Acura RSX. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (562) 863-8711.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Comments () | Archives (12)

I listened to the 911 tape this morning on the news. When did the dispatcher contact a police unit to respond? The story doesn't say how long it took for a patrol unit to arrive? No description of the suspects in the story? The kid was pretty calm for all what was going on. If your going to write a story, please include all the details. Typical for L.A. Times though.

"Authorities said the suspects fled in a gray two-door Acura RSX."

No description of the suspects, though apparently 4 witnesses were present.

Oh, but the author did describe their car.

2 PC 4 me.

When police say they are looking for armed suspects, wouldn't that include everyone except double-amputees?

I'm so impressed by the presence of mind this little boy had. I'm grateful to the heavens that the criminals fled w/out hurting anyone. This is an amazing story.

Thank God, the suspect didn't hurt anyone, especially the children. I heard the 911 call and the poor kids sounded scared (as expected), but he kept his cool. Again, so glad they are ok.

At least three people saw the armed robbers and the police want information from the public, but no physical description of the criminals has been published. What's wrong with this scenario?

This 7 year old is far braver than most coward men in our society these days

It's not very common for these types of things to end up in a happy story, but it feels good to hear everyone is ok. I hope the criminals who did this hear the 911 tape that's on the news... how can they not think twice now or feel remorse after hearing the fear filled voice of a 7 year old and a 6 year old screaming?! Hopefully this will inspire the neighbors of this incident to band together and form at least a neighborhood watch group... improves public safety as well as property values.

Does anyone know what part of Norwalk this occurred?

Why did you not print a description of the suspects?

What a brave little boy. I am curious to see what exactly these armed men were looking for? Not Jewels...I gew up in Norwalk, and ask this question, are one or both of the parents dealing drugs at this house? Or did the gunmen mistake this home for a home of a drug dealer????



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