Young girls hide in bathroom, text for help during home invasion

MONTCLAIR, Calif. - Two young girls hid in a bathroom inside their California home on Tuesday when a man kicked in their front door and barged into the house.

Fourteen-year-old Savannah Jones was babysitting her 4-year-old niece around 3:30 p.m. when the suspect knocked on the door, according to a press release.

Jones told police she looked out the front door peephole and saw an unknown man standing on her porch. She immediately sprung into action.

Jones hid her niece, Zoyee, in the bathroom and called her mother. While she was on the phone with her mom, she heard the front door being kicked in so she went to hide with her niece.

"I was very scared, not so much for myself, but just [for] Zoyee," Jones told KTLA.

While they were hiding in the bathroom, Jones told Zoyee to keep quiet and texted her mom, telling her she was scared the man would hear her. Maria Muratalla, Savannah's mom, said it was gut-wrenching not being able to get to the girls.

Muratalla called her neighbor, who called 911 and rushed over to the house. Police said the man ransacked the Muratalla's property and two rooms, but left without finding the girls hiding in the bathroom.

Savannah is now being hailed as a hero.

"She was very smart and brave," said Yesenia Barragan, Savannah's sister. "She did everything right."

The man has not been located.