Machete versus shotgun – and the machete wins

Today’s lesson:  if you want to play the tough guy, make sure you don’t take on a really tough guy!

A machete-wielding homeowner confronted three would-be robbers early Thursday morning [in Sarasota, FL], holding one of them for deputies and chasing the others off in a dramatic melee that was caught on surveillance video.

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The home’s surveillance video shows the hooded men burst onto the porch waving a shotgun, machete, and a crowbar.  One of the residents disappears out of view, then returns waving his own machete as the suspects scramble.  Before long, the suspects are scrambling over the fence as other residents and even a small dog chase them around.

The residents disarmed one of the suspects, later identified as Alen Beltran-Vazquez, and held him until deputies arrived.  Deputies soon caught up with the two other would-be robbers in their suspected getaway car at a nearby gas station, along with two more suspects.

There’s more at the link.  Here’s security camera footage of the encounter.

I don’t know whether the shotgun was loaded or not, but the thug holding it certainly didn’t use it to any worthwhile effect.  I wonder if the cops and/or the court will let the homeowner keep it as a souvenir of the occasion?



  1. I am not sure if attacking a pumpgun-armed invader with a machete is ballsy or ratner insane, but it made an entertaining video…

  2. Welcome to Florida.
    If the house you are invading has a Latino in it, assume there is at least one machete.
    That is all.
    Carry on 🙂

    PS: I am a gunnie and ready to use my guns in defense. I still have 2 machetes and not for agricultural reasons. And I hate the damned things.

  3. Would be interesting to know the back story. I get the feeling the perpetrators were know to the homeowner.

  4. The 5 "suspects" all had hyphenated last names, is that odd or am I just out of touch?
    It would have been a different story if the guy had used the shotgun as a weapon rather than a threat.

  5. I'm betting that shotgun wasn't loaded. Young punk thought it's mere presence would cow his victims.

  6. Every so often one comes across a genuinely tough guy, one who really doesn't give a shit. An ex-para reg friend of mine had a gun pulled on him in Amsterdam by a nightclub bouncer and he reacted by enaging in idle conversation with his mate while the thing was leveled at his head. He just knew this guy was never going to pull the trigger. He just didn't seem to scare like normal people.

  7. The thing is that not loading the shotgun won't reduce time he'll get at sentencing. Bringing a gun into a robbery is an automatic 10 years.

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