Quick-thinking Pollok teen avoids encounter with burglar

Quick-thinking Pollok teen avoids encounter with burglar

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Pollok teen's quick thinking is what law enforcement officials say saved her from an intruder.

Thursday morning, 16-year-old Jayci Allen was home alone when a strange man came by her house knocking on her door.

"I was shaking. I was thinking of movies like ‘Taken,’” Allen said.

She said she decided to sleep in while her parents were at the doctor’s office. However, around 10 a.m., she was awakened by an unwelcome visitor.

Allen said she couldn't let her fear keep her from thinking straight. Luckily, her parents had gone over a scenario similar to this which helped her out.

"When I called my dad, that's when I heard the back door open, and then I went into my safe spot which was the bathroom. I didn't have time to grab anything to help me, so I thought about turning on my flat iron, so that way if he came in I could at least have something," Allen said.

Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said parents should go over what he calls "what-if" scenarios with their kids.

"You should always have a plan," Lenderman said.

He further explained safe spots are good, but he said to take it a step further.

"I would also have an escape route. Sometimes, I have seen victims crawl out the window and leave the house," Lenderman said.

Allen said her parents have made sure that she won’t feel scared in her house again.

"Now we have a gun in our safe spot. My dad was showing me how to use it yesterday. It's a .410-gauge shotgun, and so now I am not scared to use it," Allen said.

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