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Teen girl hides in closet while thieves ransack Rocky Mount home

Posted June 13, 2012
Updated June 14, 2012

— A Rocky Mount teenager hid in a closet Wednesday morning while four men broke into her home and stole jewelry and electronics. Michaela Brown, 14, said she was fearing for her life as she spoke with a 911 dispatcher from inside the closet.

"My life practically flashed before my eyes," she said. "I was so scared."

Brown was home alone at 2216 Meadowbrook Road around 9 a.m. when she heard a knock at the door. The next thing she heard was a loud noise coming from the back of the house. 

Someone was breaking in.

"They had knocked the TV down. All this stuff was knocked down," she said. 

She dashed into the closet, crouched in a corner and covered herself with a blanket. Then, she dialed 911.

"I was talking real soft, and my phone – it's an Android – you could hear the noise," she said. "I was trying to cover it because you could hear it."

Rocky Mount teen hides in closet during home invasion Rocky Mount teen hides in closet during home invasion

Brown said she saw four men rummaging room to room, stealing her family's things. When they came across her Pekingese named Little Bit, Brown said, one of the men kicked the dog into the bathroom.

"I was like, 'Oh Lord, they hurt my dog.' I was still scared for my life. I'm sitting here praying to God," she said.

She said she hung up on 911 when the men got close to the closet. When the 911 center called her back, Brown said, the men fled the home.

They ran first to their car, but officers were beginning to arrive on the scene by then, so the thieves ran into a nearby wooded area and got away, police said.

Police have identified one suspect as Delasio Tiyez Wiggins, 23, of Rocky Mount. They did not know who the others were, and no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 252-972-1411.

Brown said she hopes they arrest all four men quickly, before they victimize someone else.

"I really want them to be in jail right now," she said. "I really would."


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  • foghat001 Jun 18, 2012

    Runs to cover Beth's eyes before she can read about the kicked dog, but, too late!

    Have the caught the others that ran off into the woods yet?

  • brendak310 Jun 15, 2012

    give the girl a break no 9am is not the middle of the day , whatever the time was it should have never happen

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 14, 2012

    “God still protects, can I get a Amen!” – korndorff

    Praise Vishnu!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jun 14, 2012

    AMEN, korndorff! :-)



  • Whosays Jun 14, 2012


    I would say he needs to go away for quite awhile this time, he has not learned his lesson.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jun 14, 2012

    The middle of the day is NOT 9:00 in the morning.



  • Whosays Jun 14, 2012

    Thank the good Lord the girl is safe! God still protects, can I get a Amen!

  • bushido2298 Jun 14, 2012

    The're alive because they didn't break into my house, dang fools, they should fall under the "terrorism" law after terrorizing this poor girl, perhaps they'd do real time if they were charged for that instead of a vacation at the pen after MULTIPLE crimes....go justice system!!!

  • seankelly15 Jun 14, 2012

    dennis23 - "Just another sign of the times and I'm afraid its going to get a lot worse."

    No it's not. Facts do not support your fear-mongering.

  • beas Jun 14, 2012

    No, Lightfoot3, she was blessed. God protected her by not allowing them to find her.