Three children, ages 11, 13, and 15, who were home alone while their mom was at work and dad was at the grocery store, had the scare of a lifetime around 10 a.m. near Northeast 31 Street and 133 Court in Vancouver Tues according to KPTV.
A man came to the door and rang the doorbell, but the children did not answer the door. The man then jiggled the doorknob then walked away.
One of the kids stepped outside and took a cell phone picture of the man as he was walking away.
The man came back two more times, ringing the doorbell and attempting to open the door.
The children hid in a closet in a bedroom and called their dad for help.
The man broke down the front door and it is believed that he entered the home but did not take anything.
By the time the children’s dad and police arrived, the man was gone.
The father, who did not want to be identified, said, “It’s just not easy to know that someone is trying to get into your house, your kids are home, and you’re not there to stop them.”
The children were not harmed in the incident. Police scoured the area with a K-9, but the man was nowhere to be found.
The suspect is described as a white man, 6’1” to 6’2”, in his mid 30’s with a heavy build and dark brown short hair with a goatee or mustache. He was wearing a light colored plaid shirt and sunglasses on top of his head.
If anyone has any information about this suspect, you are asked to call the Vancouver police tip line at 360-487-7399.
Police and the children’s father agree that they did the right thing by hiding and calling for help.
“I think it’s terrible. It’s a big eye-opener though for people to get to know their neighbors, get to know who you should be in your neighborhood and who shouldn’t be,” one neighbor said.