Police in Orange County, Florida, say a crime spree committed by a pair of robbery suspects was cut short after two fed-up brothers fought back on Monday night.
After allegedly robbing a 14-year-old boy, the two suspects targeted a second victim, Nelson Rodriguez. They approached the man and demanded any items of value in his possession.
Rodriguez told WESH-TV that one of the suspects kept reaching in his pants and threatened to shoot him if he tried anything.
Though Rodriguez complied with the thugs’ orders, they still demanded he take them to his house even after he gave up his property. Thinking quickly, Rodriguez reportedly misled the robbers about needing to get a key from a neighbor, instead telling his neighbor in Spanish to call 911.
When they finally burst into Rodriguez’s home, they encountered the man’s older brother, identified by WESH-TV as Juan Moreta. Working together, the two brothers tackled one of the suspects to the ground as his accomplice ran away.
"He was trying to fight back, 'Let me go, let me go,' telling me he's not going to do that again, but no way I'm going to let him go," Moreta recalled to WESH-TV.
The detained suspect, identified as 19-year-old Cliff Francois, was arrested by Orange County deputies a short time later. The second suspect managed to escape with some of the victims’ expensive electronics.
The brothers’ neighborhood apparently deals with criminal activity on a daily basis — and they are tired of it.
"Nobody gonna come into my house and tell me, ‘this is my house,’ you know? That's what happened to my mind," Moreta said.
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