Man slugs burglar; holds him for deputy

OKEECHOBEE — A local teen learned the hard way that a life of crime can be injurious to one’s health.

When the owner of a pickup truck found the teen breaking into his vehicle the man hit the teen, took him to the ground, placed him in a headlock and held him there until a deputy arrived.

Deputy Cody Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated in an arrest report that Cesar Regulo Badillo, 14, was arrested Friday, April 29, on felony charges of possession of burglary tools, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle and committing a third-degree felony wearing a mask.

Badillo, N.W. 47th Terrace, was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery.BADILLO, CESAR

The deputy’s report goes on to state that Badillo was taken to Raulerson Hospital where he was treated and released. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.

According to the deputy’s report the man got up with his new baby around 3:15 a.m. and happened to look out the bedroom window. When he saw a light coming from inside his 1989 Ford pickup truck, the man walked outside to investigate.

“I calmly walked outside and saw a guy throwing things out of my vehicle. I walked up behind the guy and asked him what he was doing in my truck?” the man reportedly told Deputy Hurst. “The guy turns around and swung on me. I instantly defended myself and took him to the ground.

“I then locked him up, hit him a few times and put him in a headlock,” added the adult.

The deputy then noted that Badillo apparently tried to bite the man, who by now was trying to calm him down.

“I told him ‘you’re not going anywhere,’” added the deputy’s report.

The man went on to reportedly tell Deputy Hurst that Badillo did hit him, but it was not with a closed fist. As for the adult hitting the teen, the man told the deputy he didn’t know it was a teenager.

“I didn’t know he was a kid,” the man reportedly said. “I just know there was a guy with a mask in my vehicle.”

Other witnesses apparently told Deputy Hurst they saw the man tackle a guy and that the burglar was wearing brass knuckles and trying to hit the man.

Deputy Hurst also explained that the second battery charge stemmed from Badillo striking a woman who lives in the home. The woman was apparently struck as she was trying to “… kick the brass knuckles and (glass smoking) pipe out of his (Badillo’s) hand.”

“She was uncertain if she was hit by the brass knuckles or Cesar’s hand,” stated Deputy Hurst.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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