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Girl saves family with 911 call during home invasion

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Fern Creek family has an 8-year-old girl to thank for saving their lives. The girl made a call to 911 that ended with two men behind bars charged with robbery.

Sunday night, police cars packed Keeling Ridge Road in Fern Creek as officers arrived to investigate a home in danger. They came after a frantic call to 911 after 10 p.m. "They got a call from a child that was hiding saying two males were in the house with guns," LMPD Detective Donnie Schraut said of the call to dispatch.

The two men arrested are 19-year-old Kendell Towns and 19-year-old Frederick Dorsey. The victims tell WAVE 3 that a 14-year-old girl had just taken the dog out when the men chased her back inside the home. The teen, her 12-year-old brother and mother were forced upstairs into a bedroom, but the youngest child, an 8-year-old girl, was able to hide downstairs in the kitchen pantry making the call to 911 that ultimately saved her family.

"She did save her family's life in my opinion. I think she did an outstanding job," Schraut said. "She actually opened the door and let the patrol officers in the front door when they got there."

The victims tell us they didn't know Towns and Dorsey. The two were holding the family at gunpoint when police arrived. "Once patrol got there they found the two subjects upstairs with the victims in the bedroom," Schraut said. "They were starting to duct tape the victims up, the one child had duct tape in her hair still when we got there. They threw their guns down and gave up."

Detectives tell us they don't know why the two men targeted that particular home, saying they would not talk to police. Both Towns and Dorsey, who are convicted felons, are now charged with robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and receiving a stolen firearm in this case.

The victims tell us no one was injured and nothing was taken from their home.

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