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Hero babysitter,14, hides tot in bathroom during terrifying home invade

When an intruder kicked in the front door of a Montclair, California, home on Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl used her quick wits and kept her toddler niece out of harm’s way.

KTLA reports that Savannah Jones, 14, was babysitting her 4-year-old niece, Zoyee, on Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m., when someone knocked on her door, off of  Monte Vista Avenue. She looked through the peep hole and spotted a strange man she’d never seen before. Trusting her instincts, Savannah became suspicious and led Zoyee into a bathroom, where they both hid. She called her mom as she heard the knocker kicked the front door in and entered the home.

“I was very scared not so much for myself, but just Zoyee.”

Savannah’s mom, Maria Muratalla, was stuck in traffic while an intrder invaded her home. She called a neighbor, who called 911 and rushed over to the house.

The suspect left before police arrived, but he rummaged through the two rooms and Muratalla’s belongings before he fled. He didn’t find Savannah and Zoyee in the bathroom. Savannah recalled hearing him in the house, but kept quiet and didn’t move

“I could hear him going through my mom’s room, and he came by the door where we were hiding. I was just hoping he wouldn’t know that we were in there.”

Montclair police officers and a K 9 officer searched the surrounding area, but the suspect wasn’t found. The suspect is described as a black male with a bald head, around 20 to 30 years of age. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark sweatshirt.

A $1,000 reward is offered for anyone with information on the suspect that leads to arrest. Submit tips and information to the Montclair Police Department at 909-621-4771.