King Without a Castle: Man Busted for Shooting Would-Be Intruder

Teen tries break in but homeowner goes to jail

By Brian hamacher
|  Monday, Dec 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:09 PM EDT
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King Without a Castle: Man Busted for Shooting Would-Be Intruder

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A Key Largo man was arrested Monday after police said he shot a teen who was trying to break in to his house.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. when 62-year-old Dimitrios Theodosiou heard 18-year-old Marlon Perez Monzon trying to open his front door, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Theodosiou yelled at the would-be intruder, watched him run around the corner of the home, and went to get his gun, a .38 revolver.

When Theodosiou told Monzon he was going to shoot him, Monzon ran toward a fence and started to climb it until Theodosiou told him to stop.

Monzon got on the ground, but police say Theodosiou shot him anyway, hitting him in the ankle.

Monzon was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, where he's in stable condition.

Police said Monzon works with Theodosiou's teen daughter at a restaurant and had been making unwanted advances toward her. Theodosiou apparently didn't know about that at the time of the shooting.

Theodosiou was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Police said they considered applying the "Castle Doctrine," which allows a homeowner in immediate fear for their life during the unlawful entering of a dwelling to defend themselves.

They decided the doctrine didn't apply in this case.

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