Skip to comments.Home invaders played Russian roulette with a 5-year-old while they held his family hostage
Posted on 02/17/2012 6:37:44 AM PST by Travis McGee
A Florida family endured three days of torture and fear as they were held hostage by a group of criminals demanding thousands of dollars in cash. Today the father testified against one of his abductors, telling how they terrorized the family and played Russian roulette with their five-year-old son. The scarring details came out as Victor Manuel Sanchez, the first of the four assailants, is on trial for numerous felony charges including attempted murder, home-invasion robbery, and kidnapping. Sanchez and his three partners were arrested after they had held the Morais family hostage in their Winter Garden, Florida home for three days in November 2009. The saga began when the group of three men and the female Bolivian ringleader- who remains at large and is thought to have fled the country- knocked on the Morais' home demanding that Rubens Morais, 48, give them money in order to 'save his family'. He complied and gave them $30,000 from the family safe. That did not satisfy them, and they forced Mr Morais' wife Marcela Borges, 27, to withdraw $23,600 from an ATM. Even after they had the money that they wanted, the captors were not finished with their mental torture. The captors played Russian roulette with the couple's 5-year-old son Ryan, repeatedly pulling the trigger while pressing the gun up against the young boys head. 'I was absolutely sure that after I paid them, they would kill me,' Mr Morais said
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Of course, since the home owners were probably evil rich people, our own media will not cover the story.
Not newsworthy in the PC USSA. We have to read about it in the UK press.
Comfort to fear: The abductors knocked on the family's Winter Garden, Florida home and demanded cash from the father in order to 'save his family'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102329/Home-invaders-played-Russian-roulette-5-year-old-held-family-hostage-days.html#ixzz1meJ2T9jm
This will become more and more common as time goes by. NEVER open your door to strangers! Use peepholes, side windows, or security cameras to see who is out there. Beware of ruses and pretexts. Home invaders will even send a girlfriend to your door posing as a crime victim or poll taker, while they hide around the corner. DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR, and have a gun ready! And have more guns and knives hidden but in reach, in case they do get inside.
They come only to do the kidnapping and terror that Americans won’t do.
The captors played Russian roulette with the couple’s 5-year-old son Ryan, repeatedly pulling the trigger while pressing the gun up against the young boys head.
‘I was absolutely sure that after I paid them, they would kill me,’ Mr Morais said in Portuguese while testifying.
The horrifying episode did not end until Ms Borges escaped after climbing out of a second-floor window.
As she raced to a neighbour’s house, one of the captors shot her in the back, and the bullet went right through her and hit her wrist on the way out.
Even after all of that, she still managed to get to the nearby house and call for help. The captors fled when she escaped, but three of the four involved were later captured by police.
The investigation that followed established that it was not a random attack, but that the attackers likely followed the family for a period of time before the attack in order to learn more about them and their habits.
Where do I sign up to throw the switch?
We don’t need electric chairs, we need electric bleachers.
In Pensacola on Valentine’s Day a woman was robbed by a guy who showed up at the door posing as a delivery man with flowers and candy................
Charged: Victor Manuel Sanchez is one of the four alleged abductors who kept a Florida family hostage in their own home for three days in 2009.
Arrested: Miguel Diaz Santiz (left) and Oscar Hernandez Diaz (right) are the other two men that have been arrested in the case.
My comment: No doubt, the female was the one who got somebody to open the front door. This is a typical home invasion tactic.)
Americans who are stupid enough to drink the Leftist koolade will get more of this sort of thing and will have only themselves to blame.
The rest of us know what we're up against.
I need to keep a pistol by the door.
I’d be down with a return to weekly public hangings on the square. Ropes cheap and reliable. Plus....it would be fun to gamble on neck stretch.
That said: $30,000 in a home safe and another $23,000 from the ATM? What kind of business were these folks in?
Maybe I'm seeing things that aren't there. It'll be interesting to see how many freepers have $30,000 in cash lying around the house.
My wife makes it a point not to open the door until I’m armed and in position.
I don’t think one can withdraw 23 grand from a ATM machine. My bank allows $300.00 a day from a ATM. Does an ATM even hold 23 grand?
and the perps probably knew about the cash.
what buisness, indeed!
What kind of business were these folks in?
I wondered, as well.
Obviously not "sanitation and waste reclamation." ;o)
i would imagine there are plenty of people that have that amount of money locked up in a home safe. doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. having the money in their safe wasn’t the problem, not being prepared to defend it was.
There’s still something to be said for not putting a bullseye on your back. Banks were invented for a reason.
We are living in strange times. Its not really safe anywhere. We cc everywhere we go and around the house. We also have multiple weapons in different rooms.
The cop that investigated my Mom’s break in a few months ago got into a lengthy discussion with us about whats going on and he said he and his girlfriend have moved farther out because of the crime and he carries inside the house and answers the door with his hand on his gun.
My fiancee’ was walking the dog after dark a couple of weeks ago and spotted a guy standing by a pickup truck next to the lake that backs up to our house and several others. He suddenly saw a red IR glow and realized the guy had night vision binoculars and was looking at him. So he eased up next to a tree and reached in his vest to get his weapon and the guy jumped into the truck and took off. We are still trying to figure that one out. We think he may have been casing the neighborhood for a break in. It never ends.
Same thoughts - the last names of the victims and perps seem more the same, than different...
RE the cash: news reporters take hours and days of testimony and dumb it down to a few paragraphs. I’m sure it was better explained in court.
hurry up and finish this stupid trial and execute all the “accused”.
Your state-sponsored vibrancy at work.
Gracias, Senor Presidente, y Senor Presidente. Gracias, Senora Senadora y Senor Senadora, y Senor Gobernador.
Here are some useful Spanish phrases, provided as a public service.
No me despares, por favor. Aqui es todo mi dinero.*
*In speaking with public servants, as opposed to private entrepreneurs, you may still wish to employ the English phrasing.
Off topic: But funny...
I was talking to a fellow at a local bookstore who had been living in Panama.
“Whats it like in Panama?” I asked.
“Its’s just like Miami, except everyone speaks English”
Myself, I pat attention when strange vehicles pass by the road where I have my workshop. I take particular attention to when they pull into the driveway and turn around. When they stop on the road I walk to where I can see what they are doing. And if it is a"Repair" van with tinted windows and more antennas that a Russian trawler I get nervious.
How much real difference is there from this to theO and his cohorts taking our money and GIVING it away to those who don’t want to work? They just cut out the middleman. /s
A friend of mine used to live in El Paso. Her car was stolen and she didn’t understand why because she lived in a nice part of town. I told her that’s why it was stolen. People who live in the nice part of town usually have nice things that the not so nice people want.
A nice handgun near the door would have been a good option.
Yes we thought of the PI thing also. Its hard to know.
Our next door neighbor caught a guy at 1:00AM out in his yard digging around for something. Even confronted with a weapon the guy did not want to leave. He had probably stashed something out there and was trying to retrieve it. Finally our neighbor said he was going to blow the guy’s head off and he left.
This kind of stuff is only going to get worse as the economy slides.
Trail cams. More spendy ones are live wireless.
longstanding and effective tactic of typical burglars...especially those times of year when the sun has set early, and the whole street is full of *dark* houses...
fortunately, at 20% unemployment, most streets wont be dark...
home invaders, of this sort, dont seek empty houses, just undefended ones...
By the door is good. In your hand is probably a little better.
Best to you my friend.
The house across the street that has been robbed twice in a years time, lost everything furniture, rugs artwork and the guy clothes the first time. The 2nd time they triggered the alarm and they left sooner.
Just before the first break in the house next door to him had workers on the roof for days. They could easily have watched the single guys coming and going. WE are trying to make sure the burglars go somewhere else. We have an alarm that is monitored, a neighborhood patrol, lights, dogs and SECURITY DOG signs. Do not count out the power of a DOG sign.
About 2 months ago I stashed a loaded pistol in the garage within 3 seconds’ distance of exiting the car....follow-homes seem to be getting a little trendy.
If they did, and I’m sure plenty probably do, if they admit it on an internet forum, they don’t have an ounce of sense.
I was wondering the same thing.
He’s right... and it’s a LOT cheaper. Taxes are a drop in the bucket compared to what they are here.
People are so gullible. There’s a reason why Satan keeps people like this away from people like us. :-)
IF anyone does have a home safe it should be so well hidden that only you could find it and never admit you have it, don't talk about it, it does not exist and never put all or even most of your eggs in one basket. Never go to it inside your home when someone could be watching you. I'm thinking they have been doing surveillance on this home or possibly overheard a family member talking about a safe and followed them home. Kids have big mouths, a home safe or stashed money is not something they need to know about.
Maybe - That assumes the parents are normal law abiding citizens. Not sure that's been established.
We live in a semi-rural area on an acreage and have a long driveway leading up to the house. I installed a driveway alarm which alerts me to any vehicle entering the property. If it is not UPS, Fed-Ex or someone I know I am armed and ready by the time they arrive. I do not come to the door but they can hear my two large dogs barking. I am retired and am home most of the time, but set the alarm when I do leave. We have neighbors who are armed to the teeth and watch each others property.
“I need to keep a pistol by the door.”
Pfft. Frickin’ bolt a slap-grab box to the inside of the door it with a locked/loaded .45 in it. If there are no kids in the house, skip the box, and just mount a fully occupied holster on the door. On the wall, BEHIND the door (out of reach of anyone outside), mount a shotgun rack and keep it ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
The only vaccination against regret is preparedness.
The punishment should fit the crime execution by Russian roulette.
And leave the cartridge out for the first 200 or so tries..
"We're from the govt, and we're here to help."
Wireless cams, fake cams, and home power or solar-powered motion-activated spotlights all work well together. But in this case, they used the classic “female needs help” ruse to get the door open (and her foot in the door.) Your family REALLY needs to understand how this ruse works, to be on their guard against it. Most people instinctively trust a female at the door, and will open it. DANGER!!!! Talk through the door. And try to clear any visibility shadows back away from the door, so the gang can’t be a few feet away, but out of sight. Even fake video cameras can be a big help there.
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