Two men in Florida recently attempted a home invasion robbery in the middle of the day. Now, the story has gone viral after a fed-up woman made them pay for their criminal behavior, and rightfully so.
According to local news source WKMG, the home invasion took place on Monday, June 11, 2018. Police said that the victim was home alone when she suddenly heard the sound of glass breaking and an intruder entered her home. This is when the woman, who was not identified by police, decided to show the criminals how very wrong they were in choosing her home as a target.
Deputies from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office responded to the victim’s home located in the 2000 block of Westbourne Drive in unincorporated Oviedo at approximately 1:15 p.m. When police arrived, two suspects were seen fleeing the home after they tried to victimize one very pissed off armed homeowner. The victim later told police that she fired her gun in the direction of one of the suspects but wasn’t sure she hit him.
According to police, the suspect who the victim fired upon was identified as 33-year-old Daniel Valentin. A second man who was supposed to be acting as a lookout and getaway driver was identified as 23-year-old Karl Makarowski Rodriguez. The victim apparently did hit Valentin at least one time when she opened fire on him. Deputies said that the wounded suspect was located a short time later, hiding behind a convenience store in the 4600 block of Alafaya Trail in Orange County.
Despite attempts to save his life, the wounded suspect died at the hospital a short time later. His criminal behavior had cost him a price he definitely didn’t expect to pay.
Valentin’s accomplice Rodriguez had fled the scene but showed up at the Sheriff’s office in Sanford on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, to surrender. Rodriguez had been caught on footage from the body camera of one of the responding deputies which confirmed for authorities that he was the second person fleeing from the home after the victim shot Valentin.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on Wednesday. His first court appearance was set for Thursday, June 14, 2018. Because Valentin died in the home invasion, Rodriguez was charged with felony murder and burglary. If convicted, Rodriguez will likely spend a great number of years in prison.
It won’t be long before the mainstream media attempts to vilify the homeowner for having shot Valentin dead. The truth of the matter is that she did what any law-abiding gun owner should have done under those circumstances. Every week in our country, numerous victims of home invasion crimes are beaten, robbed, raped, or murdered. The instances where the homeowner fights back and prevails are far more seldom which is why it’s so important to share their stories.
Very likely, the family of the dead thug will be on the news soon showing off his baby pictures and telling everyone what a good boy he was and how he would never have hurt anyone. In reality, Valentin was committing a very serious and potentially deadly crime.
A woman in Florida is alive and well because of her decision to exercise her right to bear arms in her home. If the victim had not been prepared to fight back, it could very well be her family planning a funeral instead of Valentin’s. In my opinion, the homeowner deserves a tremendous amount of gratitude from her local community for having removed such a violent criminal from society.