Scott Gordon, NBC News
Daniel Rodriguez, 12, was at his cousin's house when burglars broke in. The thieves were scared off when his cousin's mother came home.
Three young boys were home alone in North Fort Worth playing video games when two masked men broke in on Thursday afternoon.
"We were playing games until I saw a shadow," 12-year-old Daniel Rodriguez said.
"I saw somebody with, like, a black bandana and yellow right here," 12-year-old Kevin Avila said.
Avila and his two cousins, Rodriguez and a 14-year-old, hid in a bedroom.
"I saw them, but they didn't see me," Avila said.
His mother happened to come home from work, unaware of what was going on inside.
"My mom came right in time," Avila said.
Without even knowing it, she apparently scared the burglars away.
"If I didn't show up on time, they would have been dead," Jessica Henderson said.
She called police.
"They got here in two minutes," she said. "Oh my God, it's crazy. You wouldn't think that somebody could come into your house with a freakin' mask on in broad daylight."
Three people were in custody Thursday evening and were being questioned, said Fort Worth police spokesman Sgt. Kelly Peel.