A thug got a lot more than he bargained for when he targeted the home of a Texas mom and her children.
The mom saved her family from the home intruder by opening fire on the crook, causing him to flee the house and run for his life.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said the mother was holed up in a bedroom with her children after discovering the burglar was in the house.
The sheriff’s office identified the thug as Carlos Garcia.
The mother warned Garcia that she was armed and that she had dialed 911.
That didn’t stop him, however.
He “refused to leave and continued to try and get into the bedroom,” according to police.
As Garcia tried to force his way into the room, the mom shot him through the bedroom door hitting him in the arm.
“The homeowner warned Garcia that the police had been called and she had a gun,” the sheriff’s office said.
“When Garcia refused to leave and continued to try to get into the bedroom, the homeowner shot once through the door.”
Garcia fled but was caught by the cops in a field close to the house shortly after.
Authorities in Texas say a man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a home last week and trying to get into a woman’s bedroom where she was hiding with her children.The woman, however, had a gun, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said. https://t.co/iIxexq8U0U
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Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said:
“You have the right to defend yourself in your own home against an intruder.
“I imagine she was in fear of her life so she did what she had to do, and we support her.
“You don’t have to give notice, if someone’s breaking into your home you have the right to protect yourself and use deadly force.
“And you’re not going to have any problem with the sheriff of Hidalgo County.”
Garcia was taken to a local hospital before he was charged with “burglary of habitation with intent.”
He is being held at the Hidalgo Adult Detention Center on a $750,000 bond.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook:
“On October 27, 2022, Carlos Garcia was charged with one count of Burglary of Habitation with Intent with a bond set at $750,000 c/s by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2, J.J. Pena.
“We encourage witnesses with any additional information regarding this case to come forward.
“We urge you to please contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at 956-383-8114.
“If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 956-668-TIPS (8477).
“You can also submit an anonymous tip through the smartphone application ‘P3 TIPS'”