Father, maintenance man scare away home invaders while infant slept inside


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News


Posted on March 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 5:20 PM

HARRIS COUNTY -- Residents of a northwest Harris County apartment complex are looking for more security after a series of break-ins. The latest was an attempted home invasion of an apartment with a four-week-old baby inside.

With a newborn in the home, Maurice McNaulty knows to expect the unexpected, but nothing prepared him for this.

”I heard a knock on the door,” McNaulty said. “They kept knocking on the door. I kept looking through the peephole and I could not see anybody.”

Four-week-old Bella had just finished a bottle and fallen asleep.

The knocking didn’t stop.

”I moved my baby. I got the knife. I waited by the door and next thing I know somebody with a crow bar is trying to get in the door,” McNaulty said.

Little Bella slept right through it.

”They are pushing on the door and I hold them back,” said McNaulty. “I had my phone in my hand and I called the cops and they are still trying to get in and I said, ‘You know, my kid is in here.”’

That’s when the maintenance man saw the commotion and yelled at the young men trying to break in. The four suspects -- including the one with a gun -- ran away.

”What if it was me or what if they would have gotten in,” said little Bella’s mother Gloria Kelly. “I wouldn’t have been here to do something or…I don’t know.”

McNaulty said it took deputies more than 20 minutes to respond to the 911 call. When sheriff’s deputies finally arrived, the four men were gone.

”It seemed like they didn’t care,” Kelly said. “You know, same thing ok. There is nobody here to arrest. Let’s go.”