A homeowner in South Florida fought off multiple robbers with a machete on Thursday and the whole incident was caught on camera.
The robbers entered the homeowner’s porch around 4:45 a.m., armed with a gun, a machete and a crowbar. The homeowner jumps out of his patio chair and flings it at the group before picking up a piece of wood and using that as a weapon, briefly. He runs into his house and not long after comes back out with a machete. All the robbers but one flee; one was held by the homeowner until police arrived.
According to a press release from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, police soon found the suspects’ car at a gas station. Four men wearing dark clothing were found inside the vehicle. One of the men was carrying zip ties.
Alen Beltran-Vazquez, Angel Cabrera-Basulto, Ronier Jauregui-Lorente, Jorge Valido-Leyva and Roberto Salcedo-Balanza were arrested in connection with the incident. All five men are in custody without bond.
Beltran-Vazquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jauregui-Lorente and Cabrera-Basulto are each charged with two counts of armed robbery. Valido-Leyva and Salcedo-Balanza face two counts each of principal to armed robbery, according to the press release. Additional charges are pending.
[Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office]