Little girl scares away suspected burglars

- Ashley Bemudez didn’t waste time calling for help when she heard suspects breaking into her Orange County home Tuesday afternoon.

“They broke a window into my house, when they broke the window, I got scared so I called 911,” Bemudez said.

The quick thinking sixth-grader hid in her closet while on the phone with 911.

“When they were trying to open my door, then it didn’t open, cause it was locked, then they kicked it open and when they saw me they ran out,” Bemudez said.

Soon after Orange County deputies were able to locate the suspects  in a stolen vehicle -- deputies say the suspects hit a flatbed truck  while exiting 417 at Boggy Creek.

“My driver was on the red light just waiting for the green light and they just hit the truck,” said Rainado Nadal, the owner of the truck.

After the crash deputies say two of the  suspects tried to flee.

“One suspect was pinned in the car, he couldn’t run out, two others jumped out and ran, there may be a fourth suspect we’re not sure, but we were able to catch the on one in the car and the two juveniles that tried to run into the woods, again their may be a forth suspect we’re just not sure at this point” said Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Ashley is glad she’s  okay, but is sad about the presents and electronics that she says were stolen just days before Christmas.

“All the hard work that my parents have to do to buy everything, my dad has to work really hard, my mom works hard, it’s really sad because it’s not fair,” Bemudez said.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released; all three were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Officials with the Sheriff’s Office say they plan to honor Bemudez with a reward for her bravery during the incident.

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