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Lake City, Florida Robber Dies

August 19, 2009

Lake City, Florida

From the August 18, 2009 Gainesville (Fla.) Sun:

A Hollywood, Fla., man, who died over the weekend after he was shot earlier in the week, apparently had been trying to rob another man when he was fatally injured, Lake City police reported.

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Lenoris Owens, 27, was found semiconscious and bleeding shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 12 near the intersection of Congress and Saint Clair streets, according to the Lake City Police Department. He died Saturday. Police described Owens’ injuries as a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators now believe Owens was trying to rob a Lake City man when he was wounded. The two had struggled over the weapon when the other man, Oteger Greene, 24, got the gun and fired twice, hitting Owens once, according to officers.

Initially, police identified Greene as a person of interest in the case.

But officers now think Greene was trying to protect himself, Capt. Rudolph Davis said.

“The evidence points that he was defending himself,” he said.

Florida: South Florida Store Clerks Go Vigilante

August 14, 2009

Miami, Florida

From the Miami News Times of August 4, 2009

South Florida Store Clerks Go Vigilante

It was pouring rain just after 1 p.m. Monday, July 20, when a man burst into a Honduran grocery store on NW 36th Street in Miami. A shirt was wrapped around his face as he gripped a black semiautomatic handgun. Twenty-year-old Charles Bell shoved the pistol into the face of a manager behind the counter. Then he demanded the contents of the cash register and cartons of cigarettes in a plastic bag.

Next he began herding customers to the back of the small market.

But when he returned to the counter to collect his loot, a short, well-built 24-year-old manager named Valentin Fiallos pointed a .38 and squeezed the trigger. As Bell scampered from the store, he turned and shot back several times. Fiallos, shielding himself, squeezed off several more rounds.

The would-be robber missed every time, but the manager’s aim was true. Bell burst out of the store and ran several steps before flopping onto the wet asphalt. A bullet to the chest killed him.

Cops termed it “justifiable homicide.” The ruling is backed up by former Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law, which offers wide-ranging legal protection to violent-crime victims who open fire on their aggressors before trying to make peace.

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Florida: Palm Bay homeowner fights off two would-be robbers

August 14, 2009

Palm Bay, Florida

From Florida Today of August 7, 2009

Palm Bay homeowner fights off two would-be robbers

Police continue their search for two armed men who they say pretended to have car trouble before being rebuffed by a resident in an apparent robbery attempt.

The botched hold-up happened late Tuesday night along the 500 block of Windswept Avenue. Police said the two men pulled up to the home and told the resident that they were having car trouble, said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.

“They told him their car overheated. He went inside to get a bucket of water and that’s when they pulled a gun on him,” Martinez said.

The resident dropped the bucket then grabbed for the gun, struggling with the men in the front yard for several moments, officials said. Police said the resident overwhelmed the two men, tossed the weapon back at them and ran inside to get his own shotgun.

The two men ran back to their car and drove off in an unknown direction, police said.

“Nothing was stolen,” Martinez said.

It was not immediately known if the two armed men targeted the resident or acted randomly.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at 952-3456.

Florida: Fort Pierce Man Shoots Intruder Who Climbed In Window

August 13, 2009

Ft. Pierce, Florida

From WPBF of August 12, 2009

Fort Pierce Man Shoots Intruder Who Climbed In Window

Police said a Fort Pierce resident shot a man who climbed in through a bedroom window of the home.

Carlos Contreras was arrested Wednesday after he checked himself in to a Port St. Lucie medical facility to be treated for what he claimed was a stab wound from a screwdriver.

Fort Pierce police said Contreras was the same man who tried to burglarize Bulmaro Aguilar’s home earlier that morning.

Officers were called to home on South 25th Street after Aguilar reported that he shot an intruder.

Aguilar told police that while he was at home, Contreras knocked on his door, but Aguilar didn’t answer. Aguilar said Contreras climbed in through a bedroom window a few minutes later, so Aguilar got a gun from his brother’s bedroom and shot him.

Police said Contreras fled after being shot.

Florida: Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed

July 29, 2009

Orange County, Florida

From WFTV of July 25, 2009

Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say a robbery victim turned the tables on two robbery suspects.

“I was in my bedroom sleeping and all of a sudden I heard a pow, pow, pow,” said eyewitness Barry Quintin.

Deputies say Miguel Jimenez was walking into his apartment at Villa Tuscany near Ocoee when 18-year-old Andri Benjamin ran up, put a gun in his face and tried to rob him.

But Jimenez was carrying a loaded revolver and a concealed weapons permit to go along with it.

He pulled his gun out and shot Benjamin several times, killing him.

Neighbor Barry Quintin says his roommate opened their front door moments after the shooting.

“We saw the person laying down on the ground and I was like shut the damn door, and he’s like, he’s bleeding, and I’m like shut the door and call 911,” said Quintin.

Deputies rushed to the scene while Jimenez was holding the second suspect at gunpoint.

Now there are questions about the safety at the apartment complex.

“Villa Tuscany has to beef up their security because we don’t have any security here. The only security we have is the gates up front and obviously that’s not good enough, said resident Harvey Vives.

Quintin says he understands his neighbor was just protecting himself.

But he wishes it didn’t have to come to such a violent and deadly ending.

“It’s just a little too much.”

Florida: Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

July 26, 2009

Miami, Florida

From the Florida Sun Sentinel of July 25, 2009

Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses.

After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods.

Miami-Dade police have not identified the dead man. Those arrested also were not identified.

“According to investigators, shots were fired when three subjects, armed with firearms, attempted to rob an armored truck crew making a pick up or delivery at the health center located at 10300 SW 216th Street,” a Miami-Dade police statement said late Friday.

One employee of the health center, who did not want to be identified, told The Miami Herald that the shooting took place after the apparent robber attacked the Brinks security guard. The guard, said the witness, then shot the man outside the health center, which remained under lockdown for hours as police officers swarmed the area in search of the other suspects.

Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported that police found the other suspects less than a mile away at the Cutler Creek Town Homes.

They reported that police officers went house to house and then surrounded one home.

Much of the area surrounding the health clinic and the neighborhood near the townhomes was swarming with police officers following the shooting.

La Petite Academy, a day care center on 216th Street in Cutler Bay, was placed on lockdown for hours, with parents not allowed to pick up their children, the station reported.

82-Year-Old Florida Man Kills Home Invader

July 22, 2009

Bristol, Florida

From the July 20, 2009 Tallahassee Democrat:

BRISTOL ­—Bradley Harvell, 82, closed the Slip N’ Slide bar that is connected to his house on County Road 333 around 8 p.m. Sunday and walked inside his house an hour later. He ate some dinner dropped off by a neighbor and then went to bed.

Harvell said a short time later, he heard a knock at the door.

“There were two knocks at my door,” Harvell said. “I didn’t get up when I heard the first one. But I decided to go see who it was on the second knock.”

As Harvell cracked the door open to take a peek outside, a man dressed in a black T-shirt, black jeans with a blue bandanna covering his mouth, forced his way inside.

Harvell said the man, later identified as Octavius Barnes, 24, of Sanford, Fla., shot him with a stun gun, causing Harvell to fall back on his bed. The intruder then pulled out what appeared to be a black pistol and demanded money.

Harvell pulled out his money clip and gave the robber half of the cash. When pressed to give more, Harvell said he turned it all over.

But Harvell then reached for his .357 magnum among a pile of papers on the floor next to his bed and shot Barnes near the stomach. Barnes fell over on the TV, knocking it onto Harvell, who fired another round, striking Barnes in the head.

“I did what I did to try and save myself,” Harvell said Monday afternoon, after spending the night with his sister in Bristol. “I’m 82-years-old. I’ve made it this far, and I want to keep on living.”

The call came in about 9:20 p.m., according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy arrived, with her weapon drawn, Harvell said he told her, “There’s no need for the gun. I don’t think he’s going to get up and do anything else.”

Florida: Man Shoots Intruder In Self-Defense

July 9, 2009

Jacksonville, Florida

From WJXT of July 8, 2009

Man Shoots Intruder In Self-Defense

William West was asleep in his bed when he got an unusual call from his neighbor at 4:30 in the morning.

“I called him back, and he was like, ‘Somebody in your house right now. How asleep is you? They in your house right now,” West’s neighbor said.

That’s when West said he got up and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, taking matters into his own hands.

“I didn’t really have time to think, you know what I’m saying,” West said. “Didn’t have time to think to be scared or not. I just know I had to try to protect myself. That’s it.”

West said he shot the intruder who was later identified as 25-year-old Gerald Wright.

According to the arrest report, Wright came in through West’s window armed with a silver handgun and was standing in his living room.

“I couldn’t really see because I wear glasses, so I just shot because I had buck shots, and I know they would spread,” West said.

According to the report, Wright was able to climb back out and run a couple blocks away, where he was found lying on the ground near the dorms at Edward Waters College.

Five days later, you can still see a trail of blood from the suspect leading from the window down the stairwell.

“I was trying to protect myself,” West said. “That’s all.”

This marks the third incident in the last couple of weeks where victims are no longer waiting for police and instead utilizing Florida’s stand-your-ground law.

The law gives victims the right to use deadly force in self-defense situations.

“I don’t think it should have to come down to this,” West said. “I really don’t.”

Florida: Jewelry store manager fires shot at fleeing thief

June 30, 2009

Summerfield, Florida

From the Ocala Star-Banner of June 26, 2009

Jewelry store manager fires shot at fleeing thief

Afer her father’s store, Bob’s Coins & Jewelry, was burglarized twice, and after hearing about jewelry stores being robbed recently in Ocala, Vickie Buxton decided to take precautions.

Buxton, general manager at the store, took concealed weapons classes and armed herself with guns she keeps at the business in case she encounters an intruder.

She did not have to wait long.

While working at the store, at 17860 S.E. 109th Ave., Suite 621, on Thursday, Buxton shot at a thief after the man entered the building with a hammer, broke a glass case and escaped with an official Vatican Treasury gold medallion worth $20,000.

“I hit the back of the truck,” Buxton said, describing a bluish-purple sports utility vehicle she said the robber got into.

She said before the robber entered the store, “The vehicle sat in front for several minutes, and then it drove around the parking lot some more.”

Then, she said, the suspect approached the business and pulled a bandana up to his face.

“I yell, ‘Gun!,’ meaning my employees know I’m going for the gun,” she said.

As the robber entered the store, Buxton said she told him, “I’m going to shoot.”

The man ignored her and smashed a display glass that contained coins.

Buxton tried to fire a .380-caliber handgun, but the weapon misfired.

The robber grabbed the medallion and as he was heading out the door, Buxton again tried to fire the gun, but it misfired a second time.

Buxton successfully fired a third shot, which struck the back of the SUV.

“He dropped the medallion on the ground. He then picked it up, and got in the truck,” she said.

Capt. Tommy Bibb said detectives are looking for the suspect, described as a white male approximately 6-foot tall, of medium build, who was wearing a white jacket or long-sleeved shirt and camouflage short pants.

Bibb said he also wants jewelry store owners to be aware of their surroundings and be mindful of anyone who appears to be suspicious. He said the vehicle in Thursday’s robbery did not have a tag.

Altamonte Springs, Florida Robbery Suspect Shot Dead

June 20, 2009

Altamonte Springs, Florida

From June 19, 2009 Central Florida channel 13:

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — A masked suspect was shot and killed outside an Altamonte Springs home.

Deputies arrived on the scene just before 4 a.m. Friday on the 300 block of Magnolia Street just off of Ronald Regan Boulevard.

A woman woke up when she heard someone trying to kick in the door of her home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies say that’s when her husband went to the door and shot twice at Donald Salaam. Salaam, 21, was hit once in the chest.

The wife was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when the shots were fired.

Investigators say it appears the homeowner was justified.

“Our homeowner didn’t have an obligation to retreat. He is able to protect his property,” said Lt. James Clark, of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. “The questions we’re trying to answer: If he was in fear for his life and the life of his wife. If he was, he would be justified in this shooting.”

Detectives are trying to determine if Salaam acted alone.

Seminole County deputies say Salaam has an extensive criminal history involving drugs, fleeing/eluding law enforcement. He was also investigated for a previous armed robbery.