“I heard a knock on my door and it was this … guy I’ve never seen in my life,” Hughes told NBC’s “Today” show. “So I just sat there really, really quietly. And then he kept on pounding on the door, and all of the sudden I saw him try the knob.”
Mackenzie was home alone when she heard someone trying to break into her house. But she knew what to do, AOL News reports. Hughes called 911 and then ran into her bedroom to hide.
“There’s someone at my door!” she can be heard telling the dispatcher on the tape.
Then things got even scarier. One of the burglars came into Hughes’ bedroom as she hid underneath a blanket on her bed. Hughes said the man knew she was there.
“I could just feel him staring right at me.”
Although she was afraid, Hughes managed to stay on the phone with the dispatcher until police came to the scene. The dispatcher tried to keep the girl calm and quiet.
“He’s in my room,” Mackenzie told the dispatcher.
“OK, be quiet. OK, don’t talk to me. Just don’t talk,” the dispatcher advised Mackenzie. “Take deep breaths, think of something fun.”
Finally, the police arrived and the three men were apprehended before they could get away.