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Unlikely Hero Helps Police Catch Two Would-Be Burglars

Unlikely Hero Helps Police Catch Two Would-Be Burglars

Cynthia Valdes, 12, who made a 911 call as home invaders broke into her home in Hialeah.

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

February 22, 2011

HIALEAH, FL – An unlikely hero helped catch two would-be burglars Monday afternoon.

Cynthia Valdes, 12, quickly alerted authorities to the intruders when they broke into her Hialeah home.

Cynthia was home alone on Monday. School was out for the Presidents’ Day holiday, her mom was working and her dad had stepped out to get food.

Just before 1 p.m., someone banged at the house on West 79th Street. Cynthia first called her dad, who said he wasn’t expecting anyone. So she called 911 on her cellphone and hid in her bedroom closet.

“I’m home alone and he’s knocking on my door. Please I need somebody here quick,” she told a dispatcher on an emergency call released by Hialeah police.

“He’s in the house. I need someone here quick,” she added.

Cynthia told The Miami Herald she only saw one man at the door. She didn’t realize there were two men until after the incident.

While they were inside the house, she stayed on the phone with the emergency dispatcher and told him everything she could.

“I was trembling. I was scared,” the sixth-grader recounted. “I imagined they were just going to rob because they had not seen me.”

At one point the men tried to escape through the back, but the home’s rear gates kept them on the property. That’s when they tried to exit the front door.

By then, more than a dozen officers, including SWAT and K-9 teams, had arrived at the house and confronted the men, said Hialeah police spokesman Eddie Rodriguez.

“The last thing they expected was a little girl in a closet with a cellphone,” Rodriguez said.

Hialeah police have charged the two men, Michel Torres, 32, of Miami, and Pedro Estrada, 35, of Homestead, with burglary and auto theft. The white Cadillac they were driving had been reported stolen, Rodriguez said.

This is not the two men’s first brush with the law. Last September, Torres and Estrada were both charged with burglary of an unoccupied home and have hearings scheduled in March and April.

Cynthia said she didn’t feel too heroic about her efforts.

“Not that much. That was my only way out,” she said.


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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    10928 Comments

    A big thumbs up to all involved ( Cynthia, HPD dispatcher, SWAT and K-9 ). Maybe now, the two POS will get what they deserve, which is no-bond !!!!

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    cgingo

    about 3 years ago

    21852 Comments

    Now, that's the way to do it. Good job young lady and great job to the LEO's in their response.

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    Instructor

    about 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    Great job Cynthia. Your actions not only protected your families property but saved your own life from a potential threat. Thumbs up to the Hialeah police for having such a great response. Not only did the district officers and the K-9 make it to the call, the SWAT team was mobile and responded ASAP and prevented the criminals from escaping and breaking into someone else's home or from driving away causing a car chase where most likely someone would get injured or killed by the felons actions.

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    radarcop

    about 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    Great Job Cynthia! Cool Calm and Collected - Great Job on the dispatcher keeping girl calm and getting the help she needed there fast and great job by all the officers involved!

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    mae

    about 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    Courage is doing the right thing, even when you are scared to death. Sorry it happened to her and her parents. But what a great young lady! Cynthia, YOU ROCK

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    That is one very cool kid, and kudos to the dispatcher for keeping her calm and attentive!

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    djs2v

    about 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Way to go!! Excellent job!!

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    recon2819

    about 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    way to go.. very brave.

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    serica

    about 3 years ago

    102 Comments

    You go girl very smart litle girl.

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    els98

    about 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    Fantastic! Very brave little girl, taking this article home to my daughter.

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    uncledennis1

    about 3 years ago

    23122 Comments

    Good job Cindy.

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    IowaNinersFan

    about 3 years ago

    15274 Comments

    Way to go Cynthia!!!

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    HEYSARGE

    about 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    PERFECT!

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    Shooter1

    about 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    Great Job Cynthia!

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    lkdavis71

    about 3 years ago

    1068 Comments

    Great job. I'm glad you are safe.

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