Saturday 12 August 2023

Intruder forces his way into home, assaults guest, threatens to kill victim and her family, cops say. But gun-toting homeowner isn't having any of it.

 An intruder forced his way into a Louisiana home early Wednesday morning, assaulted a guest, and threatened to kill the victim and her family, police said.

But the homeowner is a gun owner — and used the weapon to put the threat to rest.

What are the details?

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said 23-year-old Samael Raynaldo Maldonado-Lael forced his way through a window of a mobile home in the La Casa Mobile Home Park on Old Baton Rouge Highway in Hammond, WWL-TV reported. Hammond is just under an hour east of Baton Rouge.

He then assaulted a guest in the residence and threatened to kill the victim and her family, the station said, citing the sheriff's office

But the attack was cut short. The sheriff's office said the homeowner shot Maldonado-Lael just above the knee, WWL reported.

Things get bizarre

With that, Maldonado-Lael took off all of his clothes and fled the scene, shattered a window of a nearby vehicle, and tried to barricade himself inside, the station said, citing the sheriff's office. 

Once authorities captured Maldonado-Lael, they took him to a hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound and cuts from broken glass, none of which were life-threatening, WWL noted, citing the sheriff's office. 

Maldonado-Lael was soon booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where he was charged with one count of home invasion, second-degree battery, vehicle burglary, and resisting arrest, the station said, citing the sheriff's office.

Image source: Tangipahoa Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office

Authorities added that Maldonado-Lael admitted to taking illegal narcotics prior to entering the home, WWL said, adding that the homeowner and guests sustained no injuries requiring medical attention.

How are folks reacting?

Commenters on the sheriff's office Facebook post about the incident seemed decidedly pleased about how how it ended. Here's a sampling:

  • "If everyone would do that, this BS would stop," one commenter wrote.
  • "He wanted to play stupid games. He won a stupid prize," another user stated.
  • "Well, if you break into my home, and I’m there, you gonna get the same thing — only I’m gonna aim higher," another commenter promised.

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