It’s every child’s fantasy to be a superhero. But when armed men broke into a family’s home some years back, that’s exactly what one brave little boy became in real life.
Seven-year-old Carlos from Norwalk, California, was terrified when three gunman burst through an unlocked door in his house and began threatening his parents. But rather than panic, the quick-witted boy — who’d previously practiced emergency scenarios with his mom — grabbed his six-year-old sister and a phone, then ran to hide in a bathroom, where he called 9-1-1.
“There’s some guys,” he told the 9-1-1 operator. “They’re going to kill my mom and dad, can you come please. … Can you come really fast? PLEASE, PLEASE.”
Los Angeles County sheriff’s dispatcher Monique Patino has gotten her fair share of emergency calls, but says this one in particular absolutely terrified her.
“Every call is different but this one was the most horrific for me. I got really shooken up,” she said.
Carlos pleaded with her to “bring cops … lots of them,” adding that she should “bring soldiers too!”
After reassuring the boy that police were on their way, Patino’s heart dropped as she heard the intruders breaking down the bathroom door.
“Once I heard the screams, I’m holding the phone and shaking, in tears. All I can hear is them screaming,” she recalled.
The men demanded to know who the little boy was speaking to, to which he bravely replied, “9-1-1.” Amazingly, the three assailants immediately fled the house. No one was hurt and nothing was stolen. Now Carlos is being hailed a hero, and rightfully so!
“What the boy did is just remarkable,” said Lt. Al Reyes of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station. Learn more about how Carlos saved his mom, dad, and sister in the video below.