Thursday, February 4, 2010

Four Teens Return To Burglarize Same House...Homeowner Shoots All And Himself

When defending one's home, gun safety can't be forgotten in the heat of the moment. 

Four teenagers returned to a Cocoa, Florida residence to burglarize it again, and all four received shotgun wounds from the home’s owner. They took handguns and keys in the previous heist.

Richard Evans saw the four who were up to no good when they had ski masks on and were climbing over the fence into his yard. He ordered them to get out. They continued toward him, and he fired, wounding all four of the thugs.
Evans put his shotgun down carelessly. It fired and wounded him in the back.

The prosecutor believes that Evans was acting within his rights by protecting himself and his family against the teens he believed were armed.  Small children were in the home. None of the five were seriously wounded.  The homeowner and one of the burglars were helicoptered to a hospital.

The teens are facing Grand Theft and armed burglary charges.  Police recovered some of the loot taken in the earlier burglary.

Florida is a Castle Law State, where a person can use lethal force in defending himself.
Here is a typical “Castle Law” statute:

Act 311 of 2006

780.951 Individual using deadly force or force other than deadly force; presumption; definitions. 
Sec. 1.
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), it is a rebuttable presumption in a civil or criminal case that an individual who uses deadly force or force other than deadly force under section 2 of the self-defense act has an honest and reasonable belief that imminent death of, sexual assault of, or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another individual will occur if both of the following apply:
(a) The individual against whom deadly force or force other than deadly force is used is in the process of breaking and entering a dwelling or business premises or committing home invasion or has broken and entered a dwelling or business premises or committed home invasion and is still present in the dwelling or business premises, or is unlawfully attempting to remove another individual from a dwelling, business premises, or occupied vehicle against his or her will.

Most Wanted 

North Texas Crime Stoppers

Local Area Law Enforcement reports that on January 7, 2010, these people were wanted on the listed warrants. Authorities have reason to believe they might be in the Dallas area and have requested public assistance in locating them. If you see any of these people, do not approach them. Click here to log on to the Crime Stoppers website  or call them at 1-877 373-TIPS. You do not have to give your name. The North Texas Crime Commission has approved, Crime Stoppers to pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any felony suspects.  

All information provided by the North Texas Crime Commission.

Bennie Lee Criss

Bennie Lee Criss is 46-years-old, has brown eyes, black hair, stands 6'01", and weighs 200 pounds. Criss is charged with indecency with a child.

Perry Shane Hamilton

Perry Shane Hamilton is 38-years-old, has brown eyes, brown hair, stands 5'09", and weighs 160 pounds. Hamilton is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Miguel Angel Bustamante

Miguel Angel Bustamante is 44-years-old, has brown eyes, black hair, stands 5'05", and weighs 150 pounds. Bustamante is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Kenneth Lynn Banks

Kenneth Lynn Banks is 43-years-old, has brown eyes, brown hair, stands 6'03", and weighs 190 pounds. Banks is charged with aggravated robbery.

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