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Home invaders played Russian roulette with a 5-year-old while they held his family hostage
Mail Online ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | Meghan Keneally

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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Read the entire article and comments at the link. Doesn't say if the perps were illegal aliens, but probably were.

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

1 posted on 02/17/2012 6:37:51 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Eaker; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; APatientMan; ApesForEvolution; ...

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.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 6:41:11 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

They come only to do the kidnapping and terror that Americans won’t do.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 6:41:34 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Travis McGee

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.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 6:44:14 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Where do I sign up to throw the switch?


5 posted on 02/17/2012 6:44:40 AM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: smaug6

We don’t need electric chairs, we need electric bleachers.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 6:45:31 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

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................


7 posted on 02/17/2012 6:49:43 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: wardaddy
Security has to be drilled in. This family was surveilled and followed home.

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.

The female ringleader Bianca Dos Santos is thought to have fled to Bolivia.

My comment: No doubt, the female was the one who got somebody to open the front door. This is a typical home invasion tactic.)

8 posted on 02/17/2012 6:51:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
So much for "The Rights of the Guilty".

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.

9 posted on 02/17/2012 6:54:29 AM PST by Savage Beast (So-called "journalists" of the MSM "IMPROVE" on Truth. This is HUBRIS! DENIAL! The stuff of TRAGEDY!)
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To: Red Badger

I need to keep a pistol by the door.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 6:54:29 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

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.


11 posted on 02/17/2012 7:04:49 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Travis McGee
We at one time used to get solicitors marching door to door in the neighborhood, despite prominently posted “No Soliciting” signs at the entrance roadway. Funny how those annoying door bell ringers suddenly disappeared after I made the habit of appearing at the front door, all smiles and very friendly, but with a magnum revolver on my hip. I do not exaggerate when I say it's been years since a solicitor has set foot on my front porch, or even seen anywhere in the neighborhood.
12 posted on 02/17/2012 7:09:41 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Travis McGee
Ok, let's hang the perps. Slowly. Over hot coals. Etc., etc., etc.

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.

13 posted on 02/17/2012 7:26:26 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Travis McGee

My wife makes it a point not to open the door until I’m armed and in position.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 7:37:53 AM PST by papertyger
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To: Travis McGee

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?


15 posted on 02/17/2012 7:38:23 AM PST by 4yearlurker
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To: sphinx

and the perps probably knew about the cash.

what buisness, indeed!


16 posted on 02/17/2012 7:39:31 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: sphinx

What kind of business were these folks in?

&&&
I wondered, as well.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 7:40:13 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: RitchieAprile
what buisness, indeed!

Obviously not "sanitation and waste reclamation." ;o)

18 posted on 02/17/2012 7:44:45 AM PST by papertyger
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To: sphinx

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.


19 posted on 02/17/2012 7:46:51 AM PST by cpray (We'll put a boot in your a**, it's the American way)
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To: Travis McGee
Our area of Houston is under attack now and we are on the alert every minute of every day. So far I don't know of anyone who has has this exact thing happen to them but it is probably coming. Mostly the criminals around here will ring your door bell and if no one is at home they come around back and break in. The house across the street from us has been broken into twice in a year. I live in a very nice part of town BTW.
20 posted on 02/17/2012 7:50:34 AM PST by Ditter
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To: cpray

There’s still something to be said for not putting a bullseye on your back. Banks were invented for a reason.


21 posted on 02/17/2012 7:50:43 AM PST by sphinx
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To: PowderMonkey

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.


22 posted on 02/17/2012 7:51:42 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Travis McGee

Good advice!


23 posted on 02/17/2012 7:52:20 AM PST by sport
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To: Bigg Red

Same thoughts - the last names of the victims and perps seem more the same, than different...


24 posted on 02/17/2012 7:54:41 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: 4yearlurker; sphinx

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.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 7:58:11 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

hurry up and finish this stupid trial and execute all the “accused”.


26 posted on 02/17/2012 8:00:58 AM PST by Longdriver
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To: Travis McGee

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.


27 posted on 02/17/2012 8:04:06 AM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood

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.

His response...

“Its’s just like Miami, except everyone speaks English”


28 posted on 02/17/2012 8:08:34 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: Bigg Red
Knowing the media, the ATM withdrawal amount could have been a typo. But the fact that they were serveiled and did not pay any attention to it should have taught them a leson.

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.

29 posted on 02/17/2012 8:15:05 AM PST by sport
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To: Travis McGee

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


30 posted on 02/17/2012 8:15:43 AM PST by tioga
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Could be casing the area for potential targets, or could be a private detective working a nasty divorce case on a neighbor. Either way, I make a point to regularly inspect my property for signs of late night surreptitious visits by two-legged predators. Most common “trail sign” I've encountered is 2-3 cigarette butts piled in an area affording a view of the house from concealment, and indicating someone spent considerable time in hiding there during the night. I also discovered a “blind” that way on a family member's wooded property, affording a direct view of nothing but their neighbor's back yard play area, where their 4 children play.
31 posted on 02/17/2012 8:15:43 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Ditter

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.


32 posted on 02/17/2012 8:27:41 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: PowderMonkey

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.


33 posted on 02/17/2012 8:50:10 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2; PowderMonkey; Travis McGee; All

Trail cams. More spendy ones are live wireless.


34 posted on 02/17/2012 9:04:59 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Ditter; Travis McGee
Mostly the criminals around here will ring your door bell and if no one is at home they come around back and break in.

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...

35 posted on 02/17/2012 9:14:55 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Travis McGee
I need to keep a pistol by the door.

By the door is good. In your hand is probably a little better.

Best to you my friend.

36 posted on 02/17/2012 9:27:42 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: rfreedom4u
In my very nice part of town, 20 years ago I had my Cheve Suburban stolen from in front of my house during the night. The difference NOW is the break ins that are happening with much more frequency, some days 4,5, or 6 in one day or one night.

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.

37 posted on 02/17/2012 9:28:44 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Travis McGee

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.


38 posted on 02/17/2012 9:34:00 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Living farther out is not always a solution. We have property about an hour south of Houston several miles from a small town. Last week we lost a 4 wheeler and a big riding mower. We have security camera but the thieves shined lights into the lens and we got nothing. All we have lost is saddles in the past.
39 posted on 02/17/2012 9:38:11 AM PST by Ditter
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To: sphinx

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.


40 posted on 02/17/2012 10:02:53 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: 4yearlurker

I was wondering the same thing.


41 posted on 02/17/2012 10:03:43 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

He’s right... and it’s a LOT cheaper. Taxes are a drop in the bucket compared to what they are here.


42 posted on 02/17/2012 10:08:53 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Travis McGee

People are so gullible. There’s a reason why Satan keeps people like this away from people like us. :-)


43 posted on 02/17/2012 10:19:50 AM PST by hiredhand
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To: Travis McGee
Opening the door when a stranger knocks is a NO, and I don't care if it's a 5 year old kid. We don't know them, the door doesn't get opened. We have an intercom to ask who they are and what they want. We also have an alarm system. They break a window or bash a door down to get in, they will never make it inside the house unless we aren't home and if we aren't home cops would show up in about 3-5 minutes.

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.

44 posted on 02/17/2012 10:35:17 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: mojitojoe
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.

45 posted on 02/17/2012 10:42:41 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: Travis McGee

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.


46 posted on 02/17/2012 10:46:35 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Travis McGee

“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.

POSSIBLE RESOURCES:
http://www.gunvault.com/
http://www.thegungrabber.com/

The only vaccination against regret is preparedness.


47 posted on 02/17/2012 10:46:35 AM PST by HKMk23 (You're always giving someone a piece of your mind, and you wonder that you've no peace of mind?)
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To: smaug6

The punishment should fit the crime – execution by Russian roulette.

And leave the cartridge out for the first 200 or so tries..


48 posted on 02/17/2012 10:47:23 AM PST by BerserkPatriot (I despise those Progressive Obama Socialists.)
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To: sport
And if it is a"Repair" van with tinted windows and more antennas that a Russian trawler I get nervious.

"We're from the govt, and we're here to help."

49 posted on 02/17/2012 12:00:04 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Cold Heart

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.


50 posted on 02/17/2012 12:04:05 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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