NEW: 911 Call Released Of Greenville Burglary, Victim Praises Dispatchers

By: April Davis/ Dan Yesenosky
By: April Davis/ Dan Yesenosky

We now have the 9-1-1 call from a Greenville woman who locked herself in her bathroom as two men broke into her home.

Last week Gina Hathaway was reading in her bedroom when Maceo and Mark Gardner broke through a window in her living room and came into the house. She stayed on the line with a dispatcher until police arrived.

In a portion of the call Hathaway screamed while she held the door to her bathroom shut as the suspects tried to break in.

911: Are you in there by yourself?
Hathaway: Yeah.
911: What happened? Why did you scream?
Hathaway: He's trying to turn the door.

Police were able to arrest the men and rescue Hathaway from the bathroom. She says she can't thank the dispatcher and officers enough for their help.

Two men are in custody for a burglary that happened overnight.

The burglary victim, Gina Hathaway, spoke exclusively to WITN Friday morning.

"My home was broken into tonight at 10:14 p.m. in Westhaven and the Greenville Police saved my life and caught the guys. The dispatcher was so helpful. I cannot commend them enough for helping me through the most terrifying ordeal of my life," Hathaway wrote.

Hathaway says she called 911 when a motion light turned on her porch, and she heard someone looking at her grill. Then, Hathaway says the men broke into the house and then knocked down her locked bedroom door. She was hiding in her bathroom, which they tried to get into as well.

"They tried to push in the bathroom door, and I pushed back. I really thought they were going to kill me," Hathaway told WITN's Heather King.

Hathaway says she stayed on the line with dispatchers for 14 minutes as they organized the police response. All the while, she listened to the intruders go through her house. "I could hear them in the bathroom while I was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. They were unhooking my TV, and they were just saying what great stuff I had in there, and they were just going through my things."

Eventually police apprehended the two in Hathaway's yard. She thinks one of the police K-9's bit one of the suspects.

Thirty-three-year-old Maceo Gardner's bond was set at $150,500 and 28-year-old Mark Gardner's was set at $50,000. They were booked in the jail early Friday morning.

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