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Neighbor's 911 call helps thwart Lancaster home invasion

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Four suspects thought they were being sneaky, looking into houses in Lancaster recently, but what they didn't know was that someone was watching them.

The suspects went as far as to break into a home and open a garage so they could back up their car and load it with stolen property. What they weren't counting on was a neighbor keeping a close eye and calling 911.

"When I came around the corner, first thing I saw is the gun," said a woman who wants to remain anonymous, whom FOX 4 is referring to as Teresa.

Teresa found herself staring down the barrel of a gun Tuesday afternoon while she was alone at her best friend's Lancaster house.

"I'm praying to God for my safety, but also I know my nieces and nephews are going to be off that school bus in a few minutes," she said.  

It all started with a knock at the front door, when the suspects offered lawn care. Teresa politely declined. A while later, she heard more knocking, but couldn't get to the door. 

Within 10, minutes the men broke in through the back door, ransacking the house -- one with a gun at Teresa's head.

"He said, ‘Put your hands behind your head and your face into the carpet,'" said Teresa. "…Scared out of my mind. Wondering if this is going to be my last day on earth."

The four men even backed up their Grand Marquis into the garage to load it with TVs, computers, jewelry, and thousands of dollars in cash -- a tax refund.

The home Teresa was at belongs to a woman named LaKesha and her husband, who weren't home at the time. Before Tuesday, they didn't know the woman who lives across the back alley from them, who was watching as the men peered into homes.

That neighbor called 911. Police arrived on scene in nine minutes, blocking in the loaded vehicle before it could take off.

"I'm so grateful for her, because we don't know what would have happened without her," said Teresa. "She said she was standing in her window and seen the whole thing. She was afraid because she was thinking they were going to some in on her."

Three of the suspects got away out the front door, but police recovered a gun and arrested 21-year-old Desmond Moore, charging him with aggravated robbery.

"It's just that one phone call that, you know, will make a difference, and in yesterday's incident, it made a difference for the victim that was inside the house," said Lt. Bryan Dorsey with the Lancaster Police Department.

"God was watching over me…they could have easily killed me," said Teresa.

Teresa and LaKesha shared their story because they want people of their community to know how important it is to look out for one another.

They say there have been a lot of break-ins in the neighborhood and want to see the other three suspects taken off the streets.

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