Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Home alone during break-in, 13-year-old Palm Harbor girl calls for help

A 13-year-old Palm Harbor girl who was home alone during a Friday afternoon burglary hid in a bedroom closet and called for help, alerting Pinellas County sheriff's deputies who later arrested the suspect.

William C. Wilson, 47, of Pinellas Park allegedly rode a scooter to the girl's house on Arcadia Drive. He rang the doorbell and, when no one answered, he pried open a kitchen window and entered the home, deputies said. Once inside, he filled a duffel bag with coins, video games, and jewelry.

Angelina Sisco hid from the intruder and called her mother, who dialed 911. Deputies arrived and found that Wilson was still inside. He escaped through a back door and ran one block south to a house at 2801 Longleaf Lane and tried to enter through a sliding glass door, deputies said. A deputy caught up with him and used a Taser to restrain him until backup arrived.

Wilson was charged with two counts of burglary and a probation violation.

He was released from prison in 2012 after serving 20 years of a 30-year sentence for armed burglary, authorities said.

Correction: Teenager Angelina Sisco hid from an intruder inside her home. The girl's last name was incorrectly spelled in an earlier version.

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