Woman strikes burglar with metal rod after catching him ransacking her apartment, police say

Victim's neighbor holds suspect down until officers arrive


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman attacked a burglar Sunday afternoon after she caught him ransacking her apartment, authorities said.

The incident was reported just before 2 p.m. at the Futura Condominiums at 401 NW 72nd Ave.

According to an arrest report, the victim was walking toward her apartment with her daughter and her daughter's babysitter when they noticed that the front door was open.

Police said the babysitter and the girl went inside, saw Ebert Caballero, 25, searching through the girl's bedroom and ran outside screaming, "there's a man in the house."

The mother, armed with a silver rod, went inside and saw Caballero inside her bedroom with her safe open and money in his hand, the report said.

The woman told detectives that she had $500 inside the safe.

Police said the woman struck Caballero with the rod, causing a small cut on his ear.

Police said Caballero dropped the money and a knife on the woman's bed and ran outside.

A neighbor who heard the commotion went outside and held Caballero down until police arrived.

Caballero was arrested on charges of grand theft and armed burglary.


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