East Syracuse teen chases off home intruder


On his first day of summer vacation, 16-year-old Cyrus Shamy was home alone in East Syracuse. Thinking he was safe, he didn't lock the doors. He says everything was fine until he heard his dogs barking at something unusual.

"I assumed someone was here. So, I looked outside my bedroom window and I didn't see a car in the driveway. I went to my bathroom window and I didn't see a car. So, I ignored it and went back to doing what I was doing, " says Shamy.

It wasn't until his dogs started barking again when he says he got suspicious. So, he went downstairs and that's when things took a turn.

"I saw a man closing my door gently like he was just leaving and when he did that he heard me and saw me and he asked if anyone was home and I said 'yeah, what do you want?'"says Shamy.

Shamy says the man told him he was dehydrated.

"He didn't look sweaty. So, it kind of made me suspicious. He asked for a glass of water, and not knowing what to do, I got him a glass of water," says Shamy.

After the confrontation, Cyrus says the man took off.

"There was ice in the cup. So, I threw the ice at him and told him to get off my property. I chased him off my back porch but didn't see his car anywhere," says Shamy.

Nothing appeared to be missing. Cyrus says he feels lucky no one was hurt.

"It's a wake up call to a lot of kids to keep your doors locked even if you're home alone and you think nothing bad is going to happen because that's what I thought," says Shamy.

It's a lesson he says he'll never forget.

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