Anguish, fear heard in 911 call before Middletown woman's house set ablaze

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A Middletown mother's fear and anguish is heard in her 911 call as she and her children were terrorized by teens Tuesday night.

"They busted my front door! They're trying to kick my door in!" Jennifer Saylor screamed.

Saylor frantically told a dispatcher that a group of teens had broken into her house five times in the past and now they were throwing bricks and trying to kick in the door in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Road.

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A day after the incident, Saylor told WCPO she feared the teens would kill her and her two kids, ages 4 months and 4 years.

A few hours after the teens tried to break in, somebody set fire to Saylor's house and destroyed it. Police have charged a 17-year-old with arson.

Here is a partial transcript of the 911 call:

DISPATCHER: I can't hear. Ma'am. Ma'am, you need to stop yelling. I can't hear you.

SAYLOR: They busted my front door. They're trying to kick my door in.

DISPATCHER: What is your address?

SAYLOR: Roosevelt Boulevard. They're trying to shoot my house and everything.

DISPATCHER: OK. Who is it?

SAYLOR: Some kids I called the police on for breaking into my house and they've been trying to …

DISPATCHER: Are they kicking at your door? Answer my questions. Are they there right now?

SAYLOR: Yes. They're outside my door. Please come now …

DISPATCHER: Ma'am. Ma'am, you have to stop screaming. I can't help you until you stop screaming.

SAYLOR: I can't even open my front door because they kicked my door so hard …  

DISPATCHER: Can you stop screaming so I can ask you some questions? Are they still there?

SAYLOR: Yeah, they're all in the front.

DISPATCHER: OK. Who are they?

SAYLOR: A bunch of kids. I don't know all of their names …

DISPATCHER: 7-year-olds or 17-year-olds?

SAYLOR: Like 17-year-olds.

DISPATCHER: OK. Do they have any weapons?

SAYLOR: Yeah, they're throwing bricks at my house. And they were just kicking my door.

DISPATCHER: OK. Are they still kicking your door?

SAYLOR: No. They're standing next door at my neighbor's house in their yard.

DISPATCHER: We'll be on the way as soon as we can, OK?

SAYLOR: They're starting to leave now. You don't have to come now, like right this second.

DISPATCHER: We had shots fired so we'll get there as soon as we can.

SAYLOR: … I can't open my doors.

DISPATCHER: Don't open your door then. Stay in your house. Easy. Stay in your house till we get there. OK?

SAYLOR: I can't get out anyways.

DISPATCHER: Stay in your house. Stay in your house until we get there.

SAYLOR: I'm scared. I'm not hanging up the phone.

DISPATCHER: I have to hang up the phone, ma'am. I have to. I cannot stay on the phone with you. Stay in the house.

Saylor and her two children – a 4-month-old boy and a 4-year-old girl – fled through a back window after the confrontation, at about 10 p.m.

At 1:15 Wednesday morning, someone torched Saylor's home. Middletown police say the fire was in retaliation because Saylor reported the previous break-ins.

The break-ins started last Thanksgiving, Saylor said.

"I caught them coming out … with my TV – my flat screen – and they threw it,” Saylor said.

Saylor said she reported the incident to police twice.

Another break-in happened two weeks later, she said.

"We took my daughter to school and back and they were going around my house with my flat screens," Saylor said.

Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve said a 16-year-old was charged in those cases, which caused Saylor to become the target of harassment.

“They don't like you calling the police on them,” Saylor said. “They said, ‘If you guys call the police, we're coming back for you.’ Every time I walk down the street I get called names by girls and guys. (They say), ‘You're the one that called police on my brother. You're the one that put my cousin in jail.’"

The teens broke in again on May 8 and took sports hats from Saylor’s home, authorities said.

When the teens came back Tuesday, they lit a red flare and tossed it in the air and vowed to come back and burn the house down, Saylor said.

“(I was) really, really scared. I've never been that scared in my life,” she said. “I thought they were going to come in and kill me and my kids. That's what I thought."

When police left, Saylor said she and her kids fled the house.They had to go out the back window because the front door was jammed from the kicking, she said.

Flames were reported at the home at about 1:15 a.m. 

The fire started in the back bedroom, investigators said.

Damages were estimated at $50,000 and the home is considered a total loss.

The Red Cross is assisting Saylor.

(WCPO originally reported that Jennifer Saylor's name was Jennifer Chitwood, as shown on the fire report issued by the Middletown Division of Fire.

WCPO reporter Jason Law obtained the 911 calls Thursday.

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