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BOY, 12, SALUTED FOR HELPING NAB BURGLARS

BOY, 12, SALUTED FOR HELPING NAB BURGLARS

Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Friday, June 25, 2004
Author/Byline: Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
Edition: Final
Section: City Desk/Local
Page: 37A
Twelve-year-old Joshua Staten was home alone and in his room watching cartoons when he heard glass shatter downstairs.

“I thought it was the grandfather clock,” he said.

When he went downstairs and saw the man who had broken through the back door and into his house, he knew what to do. He ran upstairs, locked himself in the bathroom and called the police.

“I was scared and mad,” Joshua said. “I didn’t know why this person was breaking into my house.”

The call he made that April 20 afternoon eventually led to the arrest of two men who allegedly had burglarized nine houses in the Denver neighborhood of Green Valley.

The Denver Police Department commended Joshua for his actions at its annual awards ceremony at the Denver Police Academy on Wednesday. Joshua received a commendatory letter and the Bill Daniels award for his courage, plus a check for $500 and a season pass to Elitch’s.

“He did things that most grown-ups and police officers wouldn’t be able to do,” said Joshua’s mother, Charnissa Staten.

Bryce Baker, who lives across the street from the Statens, also received the award and a letter, but was not able to attend the ceremony. Baker helped the police identify the two men.

Theresa Garcia, spokeswoman for the Denver police, said Joshua was a tremendous help.

“We get a lot of calls where people are panicking,” Garcia said, “and Joshua just stayed calm, cool and collected.”

Joshua said he knew what to do and how to stay calm from watching movies.

“I knew if I stayed calm the guy wouldn’t find me in the house,” he said.

When officers arrived on the scene, they were able to arrest one suspect. The other was caught two weeks later, thanks in large part to Baker’s description.

As far as the $500 goes, Joshua plans to buy shoes, clothes and “some other stuff.”

His mother said she believes divine intervention also played a part.

“I just think God took over the whole situation and told him everything to do,” she said.

Other award winners included:

* Sgt. Kim Pinson, awarded the Daniels Award for helping a stranded 13-year-old boy get back home to Phoenix.

* Officer Kevin Kreuzer, awarded the Purple Heart for being shot in the arm by a gang member.

* Officer Robert Bryant, awarded the Purple Heart for being hit by a drunken driver.

 
***CORRECTION PUBLISHED JUNE 26, 2004 FOLLOWS:***
A story on Page 37A Friday should have said that Joshua Staten received the Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero award.
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