Teen fights off intruder in home invasion, shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis teen fought off an intruder after he shot her father late Friday night. IMPD detectives are trying to find that shooter and his accomplice who broke into the home in the 3400 block of Ashway Drive.

The home invasion happened when a mother and her 8-month-old son were home alone. She says her family members came home just in time to help her, but both of them were hurt when they came face-to-face with the suspects.

“She locked it and then put this against it, like this. At least it would have a little pressure onto it. Then she grabbed the baby and went into the closet,” Kimberly Romero said as she translated for her step-mother, Maria Rosales.

Rosales said she feared for her life and her baby boy when two men broke into her home just before midnight Friday. As she tried to sneak out a back door, Rosales says she heard her fiancé and step-daughter pull in the drive.

“The Caucasian man was standing right there and he said ‘I’m going to shoot’ and my dad said he didn’t finish saying shoot he just pulled the trigger. And that’s when my dad’s head hit here,” Romero said.

The drywall is bashed in and glass covered the kitchen floor. That’s when 15-year-old Kimberly Romero sprung into action.

“When I grabbed his hoodie he turned around and he hit me…and then we were going at it. He was saying ‘I’m sorry’ while he was hitting me,” Romero said.

Romero said she and the man fought for about a minute, before he got away. Now she realized the risk she took to protect her dad.

“It makes me think, what if I was the first one in the house,” Romero said.

The family said fear remains and they no longer feel safe in their home.

“She’s still nervous. She hasn’t slept,” Romero said about Rosales.

Romero’s father, Fernando Heredia, was last reported in fair condition at Eskanazi Health recovering from a gunshot wound. Romero has bruises from the altercation. Rosales and her baby are OK.

Romero described the man she fought with as a 6’2″ tall white man in his twenties. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. She says the other man in the Ashway Drive house was African-American, but she didn’t get a good look at him.

If you have any information on this crime, call 262-TIPS.

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