The video shows the men appearing suddenly out of nowhere. Mojena-Peralta throws his lawn chair at them. Then he picks up a wooden plank and starts swinging it.
The intruders keep advancing, instructing the other man to lie down on the ground, which he does.
The intruders (later identified by police as Alen Beltran-Vazquez, Angel Cabrera-Basulto and Ronier Jauregui-Lorente) chase Mojena-Peralta as he sprints inside for a few moments.
Then, though armed with the shotgun and other weapons, the robbers start backing up all of a sudden. The reason for their retreat soon becomes apparent as Mojena-Peralta reappears waving his own machete, much bigger than theirs.
Mojena-Peralta charges at them brandishing the huge blade.
Suddenly two of the robbers drop their weapons, jump the fence and flee the scene, leaving their pal behind.
Mojena-Peralta grabs the gun of the remaining robber and pins him to the ground.
Mojena-Peralta tosses the shotgun to the side just as a scared woman appears in sleep attire. A small dog runs around excitedly in the background.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said the two men who fled were found a short time later in a car at a gas station with two other men. Deputies said one of the men was carrying several zip ties. Two of the men admitted to committing the attempted robbery. Two men not seen in the surveillance video helped to coordinate it.
In total, five men were arrested, including Jorge Valido-Leyva and Roberto Salcedo-Balanza. They all remain in the Sarasota County jail without bail.
Sarasota is on the west coast of Florida. The suspects were said to reside across the state on the east coast. It was unclear why they allegedly chose Mojena-Peralta as a target.
“Sometimes luck plays into it. In this case here, things just worked out,” Lieutenant Brian Gregory with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office told WFLA.
Beltran-Vazquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Valido-Leyva and Salcedo-Balanza are charged with two counts each of principal to armed robbery. Jauregui-Lorente and Cabrera-Basulto face two counts each of armed robbery.
No injuries were reported.
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