Exclusive: Long Island Girl Speaks Of Being Trapped At Home With An Intruder

Quick-Thinking NYU Student Emily Luong May Have Saved Her Own Life

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A Long Island teenager is talking about her terrifying ordeal, trapped inside her home with an armed burglar.

With no where to run,  she managed to keep her cool, and made a decision that helped her get out alive, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports exclusively.

Imagine this nightmare: someone armed and violent breaks into your home — unaware you are there — and you hide in the closet. But then his steps come closer and the door opens.

That’s the plight of this victim, who may have truly saved her own life.

“I yelled ‘dad! Dad!’ and then there’s no answer and I thought there’s something wrong and I check out the window and there’s no car there either,” Emily Luong said.

McLogan: “Your dad was gone and that’s when you heard the steps coming up?”

Luong: Yes, my dad was at work, so there was like no one home. I was just home alone.”

So Luong tiptoed to the top of the steps.

“It’s all dark and I just peer over real quick to see who it is and I just see this dark male figure. And I get really scared. So I run back up, turn off my lights and hide in my closet,” Luong said.

Luong is a college freshman home on break from NYU. Despite fearing for her life, she was able to muster brave intelligence.

” I hear him coming up and I’m just like … I call the police really quick. On my phone a real quick message and hang up so he doesnt hear me,” Luong said.

McLogan: “You called the police as the steps are coming closer and closer?”

Luong: “Yeah, I was really liked scared.”

Police said the suspect was armed with crow bars and possibly a revolver. He had pried open windows and a locked sliding door. Luong could hear him muttering angrily at her dog.

“My dog starts barking and so he takes my dog and actually puts it in my room and closes the door,” she said.

Luong dared not breathe.

“And I hear him rummaging through my parents’ room and bathroom and the next room, too. And before he gets to my room I see police cars are here and he runs out,” Luong said.

What she described is just everybody’s horror.

Luong’s father, Allen, was frantic. He had received an alarming text message from his daughter  holed up in her closet.

“While she was in the closet she texted me. So I saw the message. And I was thinking of calling but then I was afraid she was hiding. And if the phone rang, the guy might know where she was. So I was rushing out to the car and drove home, and called police again,” Allen Luong said.

Police were swarming their Plainview home. Luong was safe. The suspect had run out the back and fled with the jewelry he’d stolen.

He remains at large.

Police say earlier in the day, less than a mile away, an elderly Plainview couple were robbed at gunpoint in their home when they surprised an armed intruder.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …

  • DanTe

    Live like a sheep. Cower in the closet like a sheep.

    My only problem would have been the time spent determining which caliber to use to remove the genetic defect.

  • preemiememe

    Long Island is not the same safe place,, the majority of the ppl that live here are hard working ppl that would never dream of doing something like that creepy invader ,,,you need to go over scenarios with your children,this way they are better prepared,, that girl was very brave! thankgd shes ok,,,

  • wake-up

    New York State where the criminals have all the rights. Liberal Sink Hole.

  • preemiememe

    The cops are great!,,, wordis get off your computer and do something to better society … how much community service do you do?? and the cops didnt loose that girls alive and they arrived quickly,,

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    This sort of thing is supposed to happen in big cities, not in suburbs where REAL Americans live.

    • James

      Real Americans are the American Indians. You’re people are not real Americans. And yes they still exist.

      • The Facts

        They originaly came here from Asia and are immigrants just like all other Americans’ ancestors.

        • Suck it up

          America wasn’t an empty place waiting to be filled with people. Just like asia, europe and ect. America is Native American’s roots. Okay. And you have no idea how clean they/ america was, until of course us greeeeedy immmigrants came and spread diseases that they have no immunity to simply cause they didn’t need it before us lousy jerks came. And so what if it is true that they were immigrants too? They welcomed you here with open arms while you scheme of ways to stab them and get rid of them so you can have the place all to yourself.

  • Z

    thats job security people

    let the crooks escape

  • I thought that was Suffolk

    I thought that was Suffolk

  • yiu

    What stupid cops! Duh. Did they ever think of surrounding the home? A bunch of overpaid idiots.

  • RickyBabaloo

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If this happened in a State that’s friendly to the second amendment, the police wouldn’t have to worry about the next time this guy breaks in.

  • wordis out

    nassau county wee wee cops lose another one.
    nassau county, home of the softest, most overpaid cops in the world.

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