Father of 6-year-old confronts North Philadelphia intruder

The 6-year-old daughter spoke to Action News about what occurred when an intruder entered her family's house.

March 29, 2013 5:04:38 AM PDT
A North Philadelphia father says his family was going about its evening routine when things took a turn for the bizarre.

Shamont says it was around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He was in an upstairs bedroom when his 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter took the dog out to go to the bathroom.

When his daughter went back inside she was followed by an unknown man, who turned and locked the door behind them.

She explained to Action News what happened next.

"He was trying to hold me and I was trying to get him off me. Then he was trying to hold me tight and then I was trying to scream but I was scared to scream."

Shamont tells us, "I heard a male voice in my living room. I came downstairs to investigate. There was an unknown gentleman in my living room."

Shamont began peppering the man with questions. He wasn't getting any answers.

"When I said, 'What are you doing in my house?' He said, 'It's cool fam. It's cool family.' I'm like, 'What do you mean it's cool? Who are you?'"

Shamont escorted the man down the stairs onto 18th Street. The fury was building.

"That's when my son said he didn't know who the gentleman was and he didn't let him in the house. From that point, a little scuffle and then he ran off," Shamont said.

So far police have no suspects. They searched the building for fingerprints and other clues.

"It seemed like he had a plan to me. I'm glad I was there to foil the plan," Shamont said.

Shamont feels fortunate his daughter was uninjured and worries what might have been had he not been home.

"I just want to bring awareness to the neighborhood, the community, fathers, mothers, let them know it only takes a second," Carroll said.

The suspect is accused of indecent assault and burglary.

Police only have a vague description of the suspect, but there are surveillance cameras throughout the area.