Whitehall Teen Stays Calm During Break-In Attempt
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 11:42 PM EDT
WHITEHALL (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Police are praising the actions of a teenager who was home alone when burglars came knocking on his door.
The 14-year-old was playing video games in his living room on Dimson Dr. East when he heard a knock at the door. Instead of answering, however, the teen looked through a series of windows inside the house. He told police he saw one man standing in front of the home as a lookout, and then heard a noise from back of the house.
The teen told police he saw a second suspect climb on to an air conditioner -- "a really easy ladder," according to the teen's mother -- in order to reach the home's back bathroom window.
The suspect -- since identified as Taeveon Vaughn, 18 -- then cut the screen with a razor blade and tried to pry the window open with a crowbar, according to the teen, who made sure the would-be thief knew he wasn't operating in secrecy.
"My son ripped back the curtain and said, ‘What are you doing?’" said the teen's mother, who also said her son's actions startled the burglars, who ran away and hopped a nearby fence.
The teen called 911 after the suspects fled the scene. Police soon tracked down one of the suspects, who identified Vaughn as his accomplice, according to investigators.
Police say Vaughn confessed to the attempted break-in, as well as a late April laptop theft. His bail amount has been set at $100,000.
The second suspect is a minor, and is not being identified by ABC 6/FOX 28.
The teen's mother said she was panicked as she raced home after hearing of the incident -- a stark contrast to her calm, collected son.
"I was more proud of him than I was of myself," she said. "I felt he held it together a lot better than I did."