VIDEO: Machete-wielding Florida homeowner fights off armed robbery suspect

(surveillance photo via Sarasota County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office)
Jana Jones
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A terrifying armed robbery in Sarasota, Florida was captured on surveillance video, showing the homeowner fighting back.

Three suspects in dark clothing jumped the fence and startled two men sitting on the back porch. The homeowner immediately tried to fight back. He first grabbed a chair, then a board, and started swinging.

Once he realized one of the suspects had a shotgun, he went inside his house and came out with a machete.

Deputies say Beltran Vazquez further tried to fight the homeowner but was unsuccessful, knocked down to the ground and the homeowner pinned him down until help arrived.

“Sometimes luck plays into it. In this case here, things just worked out,” Lieutenant Brian Gregory with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office told NBC station WFLA.

Beltran Vasquez, the man in the video with the shotgun, is a convicted felon. The other suspects have been identified as Roberto Salcedo-Balanza, Angel Cabrera-Basulto, Ronier Jauregui-Lorente and Jorge Leyva. They were all taken to jail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

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