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HOUSTON -- A 12-year-old girl who was home alone when a robber broke into her Houston-area house credits her dog with helping keep her safe and allowing her to contact authorities.

Around 12:45 p.m. Monday Amrit Jandu heard Samson barking loudly.

"He kept barking and I said 'What's that?' and I saw a man in the back yard," the 7th grader said.

She knew exactly what to do next. She locked herself into an upstairs bathroom with a knife and a phone, called her dad and 911.

The Anthony Middle School student usually keeps a kitchen knife with her when she is home alone to defend herself if necessary.

That's because in 2011, the family's home was burglarized. No one was home, but that triggered new precautions.

"She follow the direction," Amrit's mom Jasvir Jandu said in halting English. "That why she upstairs. She lock bathroom."

Mrs. Jandu was working at Whataburger at the time.

"She's very brave and she's very sweet. She's so brave. I'm proud of her," she said.

The crook filled two bags, but only carried off the smaller one. Family friend Amar Jit said he saw what happened next.

"He was jumping on the fence and so that's why more guys (deputies) came and caught him," he said.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies and a K-9 unit caught the suspect a few doors down in a driveway and recovered the family's stolen jewelry.

Young Amrit has quite a story to tell now, about what she did over summer vacation.

"Yeah I'm fine. I'm just pretty happy I'm being interviewed on TV," she joked.

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