Boys home alone when armed robber broke in

James Wilson

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Two Roswell boys, ages 8 and 10 years old, were home alone Thursday when an armed robber broke into their house.

Around 9 a.m. a desperate plea for help came into 911.

“Someone is in my house. Someone is in my house. Please come,” said one of the boys to dispatch.

The boys were home alone while their mom was at work when police say James Wilson, 26, armed with a hand gun, broke into their house.

The 8-year-old boy hid under his mom’s bed while the 10-year-old frantically called 911 from a nearby closet.

About 10 minutes later, police arrived.

Neighbors watched in relief as the two boys emerged safely from the home.

“It was seeing them walk away in their underwear running to a police officers car. It broke me,” said Tammie.

Friends of the family tell KRQE News 13 the boys are doing better, but they say it’s going to take some time before they ever feel safe at home again.

“They’re gong to be traumatized for life,” said Tammie. “I don’t know if they will ever be able to sleep again.”

People nearby say they’re planning on forming a neighborhood watch program to prevent something like this from happening again.

Police say Wilson didn’t know the boys were in the home when he broke in and he never came into contact with them in the house.

He’s charged with aggravated burglary.

Wilson also ran from police after he was cuffed.

Officers found him minutes later hiding in the shower in a nearby home.

Police think Wilson is friends with the person who lives at that house, Clifton Morro.

Morro was arrested, too. Police say they think he was also in on the burglary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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