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Family speaks out after home invasion leads to SWAT standoff in Marietta

SWAT standoff in Marietta ends peacefully
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 7:26 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - A Marietta family is on edge after bravely escaping from a man who broke into their home at two a.m. Thursday morning.

The Ceren family said if it wasn’t for the quick decision making by their 16-year-old daughter, Jensey Quintannilla, they may not have been able to escape from their home in time.

Jensey Quintannilla told CBS46 she’s not going to be able to sleep in her bed peacefully because of what happened outside her families apartment on Bellmeade Drive.

“There was this crazy dude out here just screaming and hitting the cars,” Quintannilla said.

She said what happened next was even more horrifying, “He grabbed that fire extinguisher, then he comes back over here and just breaks the window. That’s when I was like I need to call the cops.”

While Quintannilla and her family huddled together upstairs, brainstorming an escape, Cobb County Police said the man was still trying to find a way into their unit at the Taylor Apartments.

“He comes over here to this window and breaks this one too, and then goes in the house and then I hear him and he’s screaming and stuff.”

Quintannilla said after breaking through the glass window of her family living room, the man finally found his way inside.

Seconds later, help finally showed up.

“The police got here and then they took the people out from that room and then they had to get a ladder to get me, my mom and the rest of the people.”

Cobb County Police said the man refused to come out of the Ceren family apartment so they called SWAT teams in for back up.

“It appears that the male was going through either some mental or emotional distress,” Cobb County Police Officer Shenise Barner said.

After a nearly six hour SWAT standoff, police said the man was finally arrested without incident.

“I don’t want to live here because it’s scary,” Quintannilla said.

The Ceren family said the property management at the Taylor Apartments is helping out with the damages and they will be staying with family for the time being.