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12-year-old escapes during home invasion

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Caty Creed hid in the kitchen, calling her parents and the police. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Caty Creed hid in the kitchen, calling her parents and the police. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Caty said what she learned at the Women's safety & Leadership Training course helped her keep a cool head and escape to safety. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Caty said what she learned at the Women's safety & Leadership Training course helped her keep a cool head and escape to safety. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 12-year-old Scottsdale girl not only learned how to get out of a scary situation thanks to a unique safety course, but she also put those skills to use when a man broke into her house while she was home alone. 

It happened in March.

Caty Creed was by herself in her family's house when she saw a man walk up to the front door. She didn't think anything of it -- at first.  

"He rang the doorbell," Caty said. "I just ignored it."  

But the man didn't leave. He walked in through the front door; Caty ran and hid in the kitchen.  

She called her dad, her mom and the police, and then watched as the burglar made his way back to her dad's room.

"I got up, and I opened the door and ran outside and hid behind a wall," she said.  

Caty saw the man leave as she waited for police to arrive.  

Caty's father, David, rushed home after Caty's call. By the time he got there, police had his house surrounded.

"I could see officers in the driveway with their guns drawn and K-9 dogs going through the house," Creed said.

The burglar got away with about $2,000 worth of items. It's a small loss compared to what could have happened to Caty.  

As luck would have it, Caty had recently taken a class put on by Women's Safety & Leadership Training.

It's run by instructors, including police officers, who train young women like Caty, teaching them how to deal with situations like the one in which she found herself. The goal is to teach the students to remain calm under pressure and to keep a clear head to stay safe.  

Caty says the training made all the difference.  

For more information about Home Alone, the course Caty took, check out SafetyTrainingforWomen.com. The next Home Alone class is May 17.

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