EAST CHICAGO | A 12-year-old girl surprised a would-be burglar at her Calumet area home Monday and had a gun put to her head, police said.
The girl told police she and her family had returned to their rented house in the 4900 block of Melville Avenue shortly before 1 a.m., and she was the first one to go inside.
A tall man came out of a bedroom, put a silver handgun to her head and said, "Where's the money at?"
One of her sisters entered the home at that time, according to the girl and other witnesses, and the man fled through the kitchen and out the back door.
He was described as a thin black man wearing a black T-shirt, blue and black pants and white tennis shoes with a white bandana on his head and a black bandana across his face.
The girl's mother, who was out front talking to neighbors, said the house's back door does not lock and her landlord, a local minister, has ignored her repeated requests to have the lock repaired.
Police said Tuesday that there were no apparent signs of forced entry at the house, and they currently had no suspects.