Armed Citizen Shoots and Kills Robber Who Assaulted 60 Year Old Neighbor

June 30 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
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Source: readingeagle.com Archive: WebCite.org

stock_bigger_pistolIt’s always encouraging when neighbors look out for one another and that’s exactly what happened in this defensive gun use from this weekend.

The Muhlenberg Township Police Department gave the following account of the events (via Reading Eagle),

Florencio Roman-Quinones, 27, whose last known address was in the 300 block of North Fifth Street, approached the 60-year-old man in front of the victim’s house in the 200 block of South 13th Street about 10 p.m. Thursday. Roman-Quinones assaulted the man, took his jewelry and car keys and left the area.

Roman-Quinones was known to the victim and a few of his neighbors who saw the attack, so police obtained a warrant for his arrest on robbery and assault charges.

Because the man’s car keys had been stolen, he remained outside watching his car. At 1:54 a.m. Friday Roman-Quinones returned to the block with Vazquez and another man.

Roman-Quinones argued with the victim about calling the police and again assaulted the victim. Vazquez joined in on the assault. Moments later a neighbor yelled for the two men to stop beating the victim, but they continued the assault. The neighbor fired one shot, striking Vazquez in the chest.

Vazquez staggered to his car, and Roman-Quinones began driving to the hospital. A police lieutenant on patrol saw the car speeding the wrong way on a one-way street and began pursuing the car into West Reading. The chase ended at the emergency room entrance.

This is the 44th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Pennsylvania and the 1,191st defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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