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Child called 911; Dispatcher guided him to safety
PORT ARTHUR - by Ashley Gaston - The safety of a 12 year old boy was the most important thing running through the mind of a Port Arthur police dispatcher.
That's according to the department's number two in command, Major Raymond Clark who said the dispatcher's calm voice and instructions helped guide the child into locking himself in his bedroom when two men broke into his family's home.
A young neighbor watched events unfold when police arrived and spotted the suspects.
The sign on the window wasn't enough to keep away intruders Tuesday afternoon.
It's crazy you wouldn't think nothing that close would happen to you, said Khalil Francis
I didn't think anything like that would happen in the middle of the day, said Davon Chargois.
The teens were inside Khalil Francis' home just across the street when two intruders broke a window and crawled inside this home in the 5100 block of Minnie Street in Port Arthur.
You should feel safe anywhere in your home, youre not supposed to feel threatened or nothing, said Francis.
12 year old Deion Washington was inside alone. He called 911 when he heard the glass shatter.
I'd panic, but he listened to the operator, said Francis.
I would have panicked, said Chargois.
The dispatcher told Washington to lock himself in the bedroom.
He's a brave little boy, said Chargois.
That was good, kinda saved him, said Francis.
Police were close by. When they arrived they saw someone looking out of a window.
That intruder and a second man ran from the home.
Officers chased the intruders along this canal and into a wooded area. A short time later, two police dogs started tracking the men and found both of them a quarter mile away. One intruder was hiding inside a home and the other was hiding under a home.
Police arrested 20 year old LeJohn Fitzgerald Wilson and 22 year old Jarrod Jashawn Johnson, both of Port Arthur.
It's good to get them off the streets, its so close it could have happened to anyone of these houses, said Chargois.
These teenagers say Washington was courageous and they credit the dispatcher with keeping him calm when danger intruded.