Man Chases Away Burglary Suspect With Gunfire
(CBS4) MIAMI A Miami homeowner who was frustrated by two previous burglaries took matters into his hands the third time around, shooting at and chasing away a burglary suspect on Wednesday.
According to Miami Police, 41-year-old Edson Morales broke into Eduard Escobar's duplex at 2197 NW 18th Street. Escobar says he bought a gun after his home was broken into the first two times, and this time he put it to use. Escobar chased Morales out of the house with a gun, running after him, while firing shots in his direction and up in the air, but Morales was not injured by gunfire.
"If I wanted to shoot him, I would shoot him inside and I would kill, but I don't want to kill him because he's a human being like me," said Escobar.
Wednesday afternoon the a City of Miami Fire Captain was in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 18th Street when he allegedly witnessed the shooting, calling police for help. Once they arrived, police surrounded a perimeter in the neighborhood, looking for the suspect.
Thanks to a police dog, officers found Morales hiding under a bush, bleeding from a cut to his left hand when he allegedly broke in through a glass window at the home. He also suffered a bite at the expense of the police K-9, which found him blocks away at an apartment complex.
He was arrested and taken to Ward D at Jackson Memorial Hospital to get treatment for his wounds.
Members of the City of Miami Police Department’s Burglary Unit arrested Ramos for Attempted Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Switch Blade).
Police say they will not charge Escobar because he was acting in self-defense.