A girl from Oklahoma can’t stop thinking about the terrifying moment she found a wanted man hiding inside her bedroom closet.
“Every time I come in my closet or my room or my bathroom, anywhere, I just think about it and like I remember how scary it was,” 11-year-old Presley Brown said.
Presley was playing on her cell phone in her Ardmore home last Monday when she spotted Race Cox’s reflection in the mirror. The 26-year-old man, who fled from police on Sunday after officers tried to arrest him on two felony warrants, emerged from between her clothes and said: “Don’t be scared, little girl.”
“I started screaming bloody murder,” Presley told KFOR.
Presley’s parents heard her cries and came running. Her mother, Monica Brown, found Presley crying in the hallway. Her father, who was not identified, grabbed Cox, but he got away after a brief scuffle and fled with $100 of Presley’s birthday money.
Police spotted Cox walking along a nearby street the following morning and arrested him on the outstanding warrants, plus two more charges of burglary and escape from arrest. It’s not clear what Cox was originally wanted for, but he remains in Carter County Jail on $40,000 bond.
Brown was thankful the incident didn’t take an even more terrifying turn.
“He could have put his hand over her mouth,” she said. “Who knows, who knows what could have happened.”