The Meriden Police Department confirmed to Eyewitness News that a child was hiding inside a home during a residential burglary on Friday morning.
Officers were still investigating a report of burglary at 289 Liberty St. around 8:40 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located an uninjured 12-year-old girl in a closet.
The unidentified girl told police that she hid in the closet after hearing someone enter her home.
"If I was her, I'd be freaking out, having a panic attack, and calling 911," Ashley Silva, who is the victim's sister, said.
The 12-year-old girl was home alone on Friday, due to the Veterans Day holiday.
"He probably saw me pull out of the driveway with my car," Silva said.
Silva said the suspect must have assumed the home was empty for the day because minutes later, he entered the residence.
"It's always an instinct, we taught her to do call 911 and a parent," Silva said.
She then called 911 and the person in the home "immediately fled out the back door." The girl's mom then called a neighbor, who rushed to the rescue.
"She came down here and started banging on the door and he just left," Silva said.
Neighbors saw the suspect dart through their yards and he headed downtown. Police are searching the surrounding area with K9s. In the meantime, Silva said she rushed home to comfort her sister.
"I just hugged her and told her I loved her. I wish nothing bad to happen to her," Silva said.
Police said there was no violence against the girl and no weapons were involved in the incident. The suspect did not make off with anything from the home.
Even though the girl was not physically hurt, the family still can't help, but feel like they were victimized by the suspect.
"I'm really nervous about the whole situation because he could strike back," Silva said.
There have been no arrests in the burglary. Police have this description of the suspect. He was described as a tall, thin man with salt and pepper hair. At the time of the burglary, the suspect was wearing a blue sweater and blue jeans.
As for the family, they said they'll make some security changes, they just don't want to share them with Eyewitness News.
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