Homeowner pepper-sprays, headlocks burglars

Homeowner pepper-sprays, headlocks burglars

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Three burglars got quite a surprise after breaking into a home when the military-trained homeowner fought back.

"I tried to cut him off, but he's young and fast, and I couldn't catch him," said George Gonzalez, who had just walked into his Hidden Creek condominium when he saw someone inside.

He said he chased the young man out of his home and contacted authorities.  "I'm calling 911, telling them what's going on, and then another guy came down."

This time, the 57-year-old homeowner grabbed the second suspect.  "I had the guy in a headlock!"

That's when George reached for his pepper spray gun.  "When I took it out, he saw me coming and struggled to hold it back, and I shot and it some hit him and some went on me."

It was during that struggle when George saw a third intruder. "He broke loose and chased him, then the other guy went out the other way so I lost both."

George said it was his natural instinct to fight back.  You see, he is both an Army and Navy veteran. "It's just an automatic thing for me.  Sometimes, it's not the smartest thing to do. Normally, I wouldn't recommend it.  You're suppose to get out of the house and call police and see what goes from there."

On a daily bases, George said he would usually be ready for something like this.  "I sell stun guns, knives -- all different knives -- and weapons, yes."

Unfortunately, the crooks got away with some special jewelry. "I had some pieces that I was saving to give to my girlfriend down the road. That broke my heart a little bit."

He has a message for the three thugs who broke into his home, saying, "Maybe they need to stop before they run into the other wrong guy."

George said all three suspects were Hispanic men ranging from 18 to 20 years old.  He believes they live near his Orlando home.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Orlando Police Department.

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