VALINDA (CBS) — A Valinda teenager is being hailed as a hero after coolly helping deputies collar a burglary suspect who broke into his house.

Francisco Gonzalez, 15, was home alone Tuesday doing schoolwork when he heard the doorbell ring several times. Because his mother had told him never to answer the front door when she wasn’t home, Francisco instead turned on his video camera and narrated his way to a window to see who was calling.

“All of a sudden I heard tapping toward my sister’s bedroom,” he said. Then he heard glass shatter, so he grabbed a phone and called the sheriff’s department.

The video was still rolling, so Francisco could be heard talking to dispatchers.

“Oh, they opened a window,” Francisco can be heard saying on the video.

The video darkens as Francisco hides under pillows in a corner of the room. The burglar is at one point standing just inches away from him.

“His feet were like right next to my head, I could actually see him,” he said. “I was terrified. I did not know whether or not I should just stay still or try to take him on myself.”

Deputies soon arrived the home and rang the doorbell. The brazen burglar answered the door and told them he was the owner of the house, but deputies knew he was lying and took him down.

Authorities commended Francisco for keeping a cool head.

“I would say most people would probably tend to panic in a situation like that, confronted with a burglar inside the house,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Westphal said. “I think he showed great poise and maturity in being able to do that.”

The burglar was later identified as Aurelio Hernandez and was being held on $50,000 bail.

Comments (6)
  1. uhoh says:

    He had the nerve to answer the door. LOL What an idiot.

  2. lancaster says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.
    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.
    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state.

    1. sparky says:

      You, of course, have proof for all of this. Sounds to me like you are describing what you do for a living.

  3. Legal American says:

    Criminal. Mexican. Anyone could be the next victim. Period.

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