An Alabama woman splashed a pot of burning cooking oil in an armed burglar’s face to defend herself, police say.
On August 1, Decatur police responded to the 2800-block of Wimberley Drive SW on a domestic violence call. When they arrived at the scene they found a man who had suffered severe burns on his face.
They learned the man, who was identified as Larondrick Macklin, had entered the woman’s house while in possession of a firearm.
The woman, whose identity has not been made public, defended herself by throwing hot grease into the burglar’s face.
Decatur Police later posted a picture of the suspect on Facebook.
BURGLARY ARREST: On August 1, 2019, the Decatur Police Department responded to the 2800-block of Wimberley Drive SW, in…
“Through the course of the investigation, Detective Sean Mukaddam discovered Macklin was the primary aggressor in the altercation. Macklin had entered the victim’s house with a firearm, and the victim defended herself with a pot containing hot grease,” the post said.
Macklin was taken without incident to the hospital for medical treatment prior to going to the Morgan County jail.
He was charged the next day with burglary in the first degree, domestic violence in the first degree, and held on a $300,000 bail.
Many people on Facebook lauded the woman’s swift actions.
Facebook user Jacqueline Rich said: “Good for that lady, defending herself and her home that way! Now he needs to be kept in jail and not let back out on the street. Why wasn’t he charged with some sort of firearms charge considering he had a gun in comission of a felony?”
Another, Ashley Elizabeth commented: “Now see, he’ll probably think twice before he pulls that stupid stunt again. Morgan County & Decatur City TAKE NOTE! When there are actual, unpleasant consequences to bad decisions…behavior changes.”
No known charges have been reported against the woman.
Burglar Steals Security Camera, Unwittingly Livestreams the Act
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 43-year-old Franklin E. Welzbacher, Jr. from Haughton was caught on camera rummaging through his neighbor’s garage. He was arrested on June 15 this year, and charged with simple burglary.
“The homeowner received an alert on his phone that someone was in his garage, and he saw someone taking things. He recognized the man as his neighbor, Welzbacher, and he could see that he stole a paintbrush…and the surveillance camera,” stated the police.
The police said the victim showed the responding deputy the video from his phone that clearly showed Welzbacher entering his garage and taking the paintbrush. The same video was shared by the police on its Facebook page.
“Footage also showed Welzbacher noticing the camera. He grabbed it and headed back to his house. And that camera he stole–it was still live streaming when he took it back to his house,” said the release.
Franklin E. Welzbacher Jr. was arrested after he was allegedly caught taking a security camera that continued to record its journey away from the victim’s home. https://t.co/IguaCJMP49
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A sheriff’s statement says the stolen camera had also shown video footage of things inside Welzbacher’s house.
His bond was set at $10,000 and he was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility.
Epoch Times reporter Venus Upadhayaya contributed to this report