10-year-old boy foils home burglary

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a half-hour window between his older brother leaving for football practice and his father coming home from work, 10-year-old Christopher King was a hero.

King was home alone during that brief time, but he knew what to do when breaking glass signalled the arrival of two burglars at his family's Lawrenceville home. At about noon Friday, the youngster grabbed the phone, dialed 911 and hid under his parents' bed while he waited for police to arrive on Halcyon Way.

He was even able to give a description of what the burglars looked like

"Eventually he had to be silent because (the alleged burglars) came into the room with him," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Thanks to King's wherewithal, police arrived on the scene within about 10 minutes, Smith said. The two burglars, described as young black males, went fleeing out of the house.

Police were able to catch one, 19-year-old D'Andrew Greene, but the second managed to escape, Smith said. The investigation into that suspect's identity is ongoing, Smith said.

Gwinnett County Jail records show Greene was charged with burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Some of the Kings' belongings -- home electronics, video game systems -- were found scattered in a wooded area behind the home, but were recovered.

"Christopher King did an excellent job during this incident," Smith said. "He kept calm and contacted police while keeping himself out of harm's way. His level-headed attitude and the preparation he had received from his parents served him well."


notblind 3 years, 2 months ago

I think it's pretty stupid to give out so much detailed info in this story.


ssilover1 3 years, 2 months ago

You know, I think notblind has a point about the reporting. If I were the parents I would be concerned for my son's safety. GDP has to review its policys regarding what it includes in articles. But, actually, that goes for a LOT of their reporting. Where are the editors???


mustardandbiscuit 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm afraid I have to agree! All they need now is a ride over there?! Good job! Congratulations to the young man, by the way!! Quick thinking!


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