Victim shoots at intruder in Miami Beach, police say

Jesus Varela, 22, accused of breaking into apartment Tuesday

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A 22-year-old man is facing charges after breaking into a Miami Beach apartment Tuesday and attacking a man who lives there, police said.

According to a police report, Jesus Varela entered the apartment while the victim was preparing a meal for himself and feeding his dog.

Police said the 72-year-old victim told Varela to leave, but Varela grabbed the victim by the neck and knocked him down on the floor. 

Varela then hid in a bedroom, at which point the victim grabbed his .22-caliber gun and fired one shot in Varela's direction, police said.

Police said Varela wasn't hit by the bullet but fell to the ground and hid under a mattress.

Neighbors eventually helped the victim subdue Varela until officers arrived.

Varela faces charges of burglary and aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

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