Home Owner Gives Intruder 10 Seconds to Leave or Get Shot
WEEKI WACHEE – Earlier this afternoon, 911 operators received a frantic call from a woman who said an unknown man burst through the back door of her residence on Osprey Ave and refused to leave.
Amy Gorman and her husband Nick were shocked at the man’s resistance to leave, even after Nick retrieved a firearm and threatened to shoot the intruder. After ignoring several commands the man finally ran to the backyard but still wouldn’t leave. Nick said “I’ll give you 10 seconds to leave or I will shoot you!” The man jumped the fence and fled the area.
A K-9 unit arrived on the scene and located the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Joel Alec Rivera not far from the residence.
According to Amy, Deputies say the man was probably on drugs and that the incident may be related to a shooting on U.S. 19 the day before.
Amy says a vehicle was abandoned near her home the day before and that several subjects, including the one who stormed her residence, were trying retrieve the vehicle when Rivera “got spooked” and ran inside her home.
Rivera is charged with two counts of trespassing an occupied dwelling and is currently behind bars, held on a $2,000 bond.
Rivera’s previous Hernando County Record shows several charges for drug possession, resisting arrests, battery and driving under the influence.
Authorities have not released an official report at this time.
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