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I Cocked My Gun, and I Just Pointed It Right at Him': Pistol-Packing Homeowner Foils Apparent Burglary

"Everything played out perfect. Nobody got hurt, and the perp's going to jail."

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Although Mauricio Esquivel had been living in his new house for only two months, when he pulled into the driveway Thursday morning, intuition told him something was amiss.

He was right. Exiting his vehicle, Esquivel noticed a broken window...

(Credit: KSAZ-TV)

...and then sprang into action.

Homeowner Mauricio Esquivel (Credit: KSAZ-TV)

"I went back in my car; I pulled out a pistol that I carry," he told KSAZ-TV. "Through a cracked window I see the intruder in the living room. At that point I cocked my gun, and I just pointed it right at him, and I told him not to move, and I ordered him to the ground. I was able to pull my phone out, unlock it, and then call 911."

Mauricio says Phoenix police officers arrived at the scene within minutes of his call.

"Everything played out perfect," he said. "Nobody got hurt, and the perp's going to jail."

(Credit: KSAZ-TV)

KSAZ-TV reports that Orlando Ortega, 23, was loaded into a police car near 40th Street and Thomas Road and faces charges of burglary, taking identity of another, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, theft, and criminal damage.

Here's the report from KSAZ-TV:




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