LAKE WALES, Fla. — After eight days on the run, police arrested a man they say broke into a Lake Wales home while a 12-year-old was sleeping.
Paris Hall, 12, telling ABC Action News that she woke up around 9 a.m. on July 2, face-to-face with a burglar in her bedroom.
“He was trying to steal the TV,” Paris said.
During the burglary, Paris was able to remember what the man looked like and what he was wearing.
“Red, white, and blue Air Jordan shoes,” Paris said. A detail that police said helped them identify the burglar.
Using a composite sketch, fingerprints taken at the scene, and an impression of the soles found outside the home, police arrested and charged Marvell Parkinson, 19, with burglary.
"You know how, like you feel, there is a burden washed off? I feel like that. Because now I know he is not out there. I can finally sleep easier at night.”
Paris’ grandparents think her calm demeanor helped keep her safe. Paris thinks so too.
“I feel like if I would’ve got scared, he would’ve got scared,” Hall told ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska.
From our previous report Hall described being home around 9 a.m. when she heard her light switch turn on. At first, she thought a family member was in her room. Then she saw a man she didn’t recognize.
“I had rolled over and I seen some stranger looking behind my TV. So, I was kind of confused and said ‘excuse me what are you doing?’ I had an old phone that doesn’t work. It was sitting on my dresser,
Paris explained. "So, I guess, he looked at that and made up an excuse; 'Oh my uncle told me to come get my phone,’ and in my mind, I was thinking OK. I guess my granddad must be his uncle?”
She still told the man to leave. When he went out the back door, she was even more confused. Then she noticed the kitchen window shattered.
“I put two and two together and figured my granddad wasn’t his uncle,” Paris said. “I was very scared at that point I didn’t know what to do.”
She called for help. Her granddad told her to run to a neighbors house and call 911. When she ran out the front door, the man was waiting for her.
“He was standing in the front yard, and he asked me ‘what time do your parents get back home?’ I was really calm about it cause I didn’t want to trigger him or alarm him," Paris said. "He said ‘do you want to come outside and chill with me for a little while?’ Then I went in the house and got a knife and then I told him to leave. I went over to the neighbor's house. I was scared I was crying my heart was beating.”
Paris said she’s been having nightmares that the burglar will come back. She wants to thank the police department for getting Parkinson off the streets.
“I want to say thank you because I really feel like they worked hard to catch him,” Paris said. So, I want to say thank you for that.”
Parkinson, a Lake Wales resident, was arrested two years earlier for a number of crimes that included auto theft, burglary, and resisting an officer.