Officials: 12-year old girl's screams scare off would-be burglar - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Officials: 12-year old girl's screams scare off would-be burglar

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW: Mike Woeste) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW: Mike Woeste)

"I've always felt safe - until today,” said Carmen Gatheright, mother of the 12-year-old.

It's because of a phone call she got Tuesday morning from her daughter, Aashanti.

"The phone rings and I'm looking like, 'She's supposed to be doing her homework. I gave her instructions before I left,'” said Gatheright.

Her panicked daughter was on the other end explaining that someone just tried to break in. The next call her daughter made was to 911 dispatchers.

"Somebody tried to break in my house,” Aashanti Gatheright screamed in that call.

The evidence of a day turned upside down could still be seen Tuesday afternoon at the Elwynne Drive home. Window screens are still out of place from where the suspect tried to get in one window before moving to a second window.

"I ran to my room, and I grabbed the phone. That's when he came around back and decided to open my window,” said Aashanti.

Quick thinking, and a loud scream, was enough to make the uninvited visitor think twice.

"They opened my window and I yelled and they hopped the fence and they ran,” Aashanti told 911 dispatchers.

Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded and tried to track the suspect with a Sharonville Police canine, but had no luck after the canine terminated the track on the suspect.

"There's still some concern. She's still afraid. There was some errands I still needed to do, and she wanted to stay with me, understandably,” said Aashanti's mother.

But, a mother and daughter are still thankful that their story didn't have a different ending.

"I'm brave. I was proud. I scared him off,” Aashanti told FOX19 NOW.

The suspect is still on the run. He's described as a black man in his late twenties wearing a black jacket and a bandana. He fled from Elwynne Drive on foot through backyards of homes on Stoll Avenue. If you know anything, call the Sheriff's Office at 513-825-1500 or CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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