It was a scary experience for a Farmville woman when she says a man tried to lure her to open her door late at night using a recording of a crying baby.
It happened at a home on Highway 121 around 12:45 Wednesday morning.
Rose Lemaine says she heard some bumping around outside, got up to see what was going on, and then heard a baby crying from her back porch.
Lemaine says she almost opened her door to help the baby, but noticed her dog was barking and jerking on its leash. She then woke up her stepsons and called the sheriff's office. That's when they saw a tall man dressed in all-black outside their home walking away.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says deputies couldn't find anyone when they arrived, but says it's possible someone was using a baby recording to try to lure Lemaine outside. She says she wants to make sure no one else falls for this scheme. "It was very, very scary because I felt useless. I couldn't do anything and I was crying because I was worrying about if there was a baby out there. I worried about the dogs getting to it and I wanted to go out there and try to help it, they're like 'no'. It was just scary."
The sheriff's office says this is the first call they've had on this scheme in the county. Deputies say if something similar happens to you, call 911.