Two men were arrested after police said they broke into a house in Manchester while two children were inside the home.
An 11-year-old and a 12-year-old were inside a home on Walnut Street around 10:30 a.m. when police said two men broke in.
The children were able to think quickly and hide from the suspects. A woman contacted police at the home invasion.
Officers were called to the home where they located the two children unharmed and the suspects, 29-year-old Clinton Mitchell and 27-year-old Michael Walters, were located hiding in the basement.
The police were able to seize a .22 caliber handgun.
Mitchell and Walters, of Springfield, Ma. were both charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a handgun. Walters charged with interfering with police.
Eyewitness News did reach out to the family, but they didn't respond, so the station is respecting their privacy on Tuesday night.
Neighbors said they hope Santa is especially good to them on Christmas after Tuesday’s incident.
“I am amazed at the kids and how independent they are,” Dolores Levesque, of Manchester, said. “And how they think quickly on their feet.”
Both men were being held on a $500,000 bond. They will appear at Manchester Superior Court.
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