HAYWARD -- A 13-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother are safe after hiding in a bedroom as a pair of burglars ransacked their family's home in broad daylight on Wednesday, police said.
The teenage girl told officers that before the intruders broke in that morning she was babysitting her younger sibling in the home in the 24000 block of Papaya Street while her mother ran errands, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.
Sometime late in the morning, she said, she heard the garage door open, people whispering and someone rummaging around inside. When the girl went to inspect the noise, she saw a figure of a man through a glass reflection of a window, so she grabbed her brother and took him into the bedroom to hide, Ormsby said.
Once inside the bedroom, the girl called her mother, who then dialed 911.
Officers responded at 10:37 a.m. to the report of the burglary in progress, and when they arrived, police said they watched two male suspects run out of the home.
Police ordered the suspects to stop running, but they disobeyed the officers' commands. Police set up a perimeter and caught one of the men on Turner Court near Calaroga Avenue, Ormsby said.
He was identified as 22-year-old parolee Kwinan Brathwaite of Hayward.
Officers arrested him on suspicion of burglary and violation of parole, Ormsby said. The nature of his previous violation was not immediately known, nor was it clear when he was released from custody for that.
The other suspect got away, Ormsby said. That second suspect is described as black, age 22, 5-foot-2, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a white T-shirt and jeans.
No one was injured in the burglary or police foot chase, Ormsby said, and the mother did not report anything missing from the family's home.
Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 510-293-7000 or at the anonymous tip line at 510-293-7197.
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