Three kids were home alone last week when they heard a man banging on the front door of their South Hill house.
The 11-year-old boy called his mom. She told him, his 13-year-old brother and his 6-year-old sister not to open the door.
The children watched the man walk around the house and rattle the back door, according to charging papers.
They bolted out the front door, leaving it wide open, and ran to nearby Hunt Elementary School, where a teacher called 911 for them.
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A witness said he saw the attempted break-in and that the man jump into a GMC Sonoma pickup. The witness followed the truck until deputies arrived.
Deputies pulled over the truck, which was driven by the pregnant girlfriend of Frank Farkas. Farkas, 37, was lying in the backseat.
Farkas and his girlfriend told deputies their truck had overheated, so Farkas knocked on the door of a home hoping to get water, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Deputies pointed out that the truck couldn’t be overheated because several people saw it driving in circles in the neighborhood after the attempted break-in.
Farkas, who had brass knuckles in his pocket, was taken into custody, Troyer said.
The kids’ mother returned home and determined nothing was missing from the house.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Farkas with attempted residential burglary and possession of dangerous weapons.
He pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
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