Map: Residential burglary
TEMPE, Ariz. -- 13-year-old Alexis Holden, the boy who was home alone when his home was burglarized earlier this week, was dubbed the "Hero of the Day" by Tempe police and spent the day with some of the force's officers.
The men who broke into Holden's home covered him with a sheet while they burglarized the apartment. When Holden's mother arrived, he was able to run out the front door to warn her and call the police.
Holden got a chance to meet the 911 dispatcher who answered his mother's call, rode in a police car and learned about how a police department operates, according to Tempe Police and Fire's twitter page.
Altogether, Holden got a taste of what it's like to actually be a police officer, a job that he has some extra perspective on after the rough start to his week. Holden said the incident was a frightening experience.
"They stole all of our stuff and it was pretty scary because there was no one else but me and them and I didn't really have much options," Holden said. "I just did what I could."
Police are still looking for the suspects. The only description they have right now is two young black men. Holden's household was one of at least three targeted by burglars in the same Tempe apartment complex this month.