A woman in Chipley, Florida, was awakened in the middle of the night by a loud noise in the driveway. She immediately woke her husband to investigate, and just moments later, he came face to face with three teen thugs who were ransacking his vehicles for loot. Little did the potheads know, there would be a heavy price to pay as the fed-up homeowner confronted them with both his AK-47 rifle and a brutal response to their thieving behavior.
According to Northwest Florida Daily News, the shocking armed robbery attempt took place on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Police say that the two homeowners were awakened at about 2:45 a.m. by a loud noise coming from their driveway where their vehicles were parked. The husband in the home immediately went outside to locate the source of the noise but not before picking up his AK-47 rifle. Weighing heavily on his mind was the fact that one of his vehicles had a firearm stored inside it, and things were about to get brutally ugly for the three druggies trying to steal from his family, and rightfully so.
According to local news source WJHG, the homeowner confronted 19-year-old Tristen Wilson, 19-year-old Conrad VonBlankenburg, and 15-year-old Kevin Taylor as they actively burglarized his cars. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that the homeowner claims the three teens started to flee when they saw him standing there holding his AK-47. Wilson, one of the 19-year-old suspects turned toward the homeowner in an aggressive manner, causing the man to fear for his life. That’s when shots from the AK-47 rang out in the dark, and to give you an idea of what that might have been like, just have a look at such a powerful weapon in action.
Police say the three suspects ran for their vehicle, and it’s not hard to see why they attempted to flee, but not before Wilson was hit in the leg by one of the homeowner’s bullets. A short time later, the three suspects were discovered on the side of the road in a black four-door Honda. According to deputies, it was “apparent the suspects were all under the influence of either alcohol or drugs,” and they were not following commands. When officers pulled Wilson out of the getaway vehicle, he told them he had been shot and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A loaded 9 mm handgun was discovered by the arresting officers inside the suspects’ vehicle. The homeowner’s missing firearm was also discovered on the ground in a tree line not far from his home, according to police. All three thugs were arrested and hauled off to jail.
Wilson was charged with grand theft of a firearm, two counts of burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance, obstructing justice/tampering in felony 1st-degree proceeding, and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. VonBlankenburg was transported to Washington County Jail and charged with grand theft of a firearm, two counts of burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance, and obstructing justice/tampering in felony 1st-degree proceeding. Kevin Taylor, the 15-year-old suspect, was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice and charged with grand theft of a firearm, two counts of burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance, and obstructing justice/tampering in felony 1st-degree proceeding.
Thank God, the homeowners were not harmed in what could have turned out to be the worst night of their lives if it were not for our right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. Sadly, many Americans fall victim to home invasions every week during which the majority are robbed, beaten, or murdered in cold blood. Although law enforcement officers work hard to protect and serve our communities across the country, they can’t be everywhere all the time. Take a lesson from this homeowner and be prepared for the day some thug might darken your doorstep.