HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - A 10-year-old girl is home alone when a burglar smashes a window and forces his way inside. The crime happened Thursday afternoon in Hopewell. Now, the little girl is thanking an alert neighbor who called police.
Kayla Frink is a fifth grader who says she feared for her life.
"I ran upstairs then I heard a crash like glass," said Kayla.
Police say that crash was the sound of 18-year-old Damien Taylor breaking into Kayla's house -- in the 3500 block of Portsmouth Street. Kayla hid in her closet. She was home alone -- her parents had stepped out to run a quick errand.
"I just locked my door and stayed in there. I could hear him rummaging through a bunch of things trying to take a bunch of things," said Kayla.
Kayla didn't know what to do.
A neighbor alerted police to the burglary. The neighbor says she was looking out of her window when she saw the suspect trying to kick-in the door. The neighbor ask we not reveal her identity.
"I couldn't believe it. He couldn't kick the door open so he picked up the flower pot and broke the glass in the door," said the neighbor.
Kayla's parents returned home to see all of the activity.
"He tried to get out this side window but there were police over in the backyard pointing a gun at him," said Kayla's mom, Kelley Frink.
Police arrested Taylor who's now charged with multiple crimes including burglary. Police say this incident is a good example of how community involvement can help fight crime.
"It's neighbors looking out for neighbors. Neighborhood Watch -- that's what it's all about," said Hopewell Police Chief, John Keohane.
Kayla and her family are grateful their neighbor got involved.
"My husband went over there and gave her a big hug and said thank you," said Kelly Frink.
Police say they've seen an increase in break-ins in Farmingdale neighborhood, where Kayla lives. Taylor is being investigated as a possible suspect in those crimes.