OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A man was arrested after deputies say he entered a Central Florida home's garage, stole lawn equipment, and then fought the owner before fleeing.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said that on Monday, deputies responded to Stratton Circle in Kissimmee after receiving a report of a robbery. The victim was said to be in his home with his garage door open when he noticed an unknown suspect in his garage and removing lawn equipment.
They said that the victim immediately confronted the suspect and the two become engaged in a physical altercation. The suspect beat the victim with a stolen weed eater before fleeing with the stolen equipment.
The victim was reportedly able to record the suspect's tag number and the next day, detectives identified the suspect as John Carlos Vazquez. He was arrested and found to be in possession of heroin and cocaine when apprehended.
Deputies said that he did not cooperate with the investigation and was booked into jail on no bond for Occupied Burglary to a Dwelling, Robbery with a Weapon, Aggravated Battery, Dealing in Stolen Property, Petit Theft, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Those with information about the incident are asked to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 dollars.
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This story was written in Orlando, Florida.