Man tries to break into house, gets a busted lip

OKEECHOBEE — On Friday, Aug. 12, a loud commotion woke a woman from a sound sleep. Thinking the noise must be her boyfriend who must have locked himself out, she got up to investigate. In the kitchen, she found a door partially open and a window pushed in. When she looked out the door, she saw a man standing there.


Edy Fausto Gamez

She yelled at Edy Fausto Gamez, 24, and told him to leave just as a deputy pulled into the driveway of her home and turned around. Gamez became scared and hid behind the wall.

The woman’s boyfriend arrived home for lunch just then and found Gamez inside his screen room, attempting to open the back door of the screen room.

The door would not open all the way because of a chain lock at the top. “What are you doing?” he asked the stranger.

“None of your business,” was the reply. Gamez pushed the man, so the man punched him.

The man told Deputy William Jolly, who was dispatched to the home on a burglary complaint, that Gamez smelled like a brewery and could not walk straight. He also stated that he wished to press charges.

The deputy observed that the screen door, which had been made of wood, had been visibly forced open, breaking the lock mechanism. The boyfriend stated that the door was locked and secured when he went to work.

Gamez was arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief. His bond was set was set at $12,000.

Gamez did have a busted lip.

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