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Teen suspect dies after Sanford home break-in

Posted October 10, 2009
Updated October 12, 2009

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— A 16-year-old suspect died from injuries sustained while fleeing from a house outside Sanford that he and other teens had broken into Saturday afternoon, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect dies after home break-in near Sanford Break-in suspect dies after being cut by window glass

Oscar Lorenzo Perez, 16, of 1528 Greenwood Road; Antonio Ramiro Jaimes, 17, of 25 Willow Circle; and two 14-year-olds broke into a house at 1810 San Lee Drive, deputies said.

When the home’s alarm went off, the suspects tried to flee. Perez attempted to escape through a window and was cut by glass, deputies said. The other suspects then flagged down a motorist to get help for Perez.

The motorist called 911, and Perez was transported to Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, where he died. Deputies said that shards of glass were found in his chest.

"I’m very sad right now,” his father, Oscar Lorenzo Mojica, said.

“It's tragic that this kind of thing happened, and I hope that this sends a message to anybody, especially young people, that you need to think before you enter someone's home,” Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said.

Perez was a former student of Southern Lee High School and worked at a McDonald's restaurant, his father said.

The sheriff said even though the alarm was active, no one lived at the home. He also said he is seeing a trend in break-ins.

“Young people have broken into homes, and I have been saying for some time that something bad was going to happen,” Carter said.

"He's not here now. He's gone," Mojica said of his son's passing.

Jaimes and the two younger suspects were taken into custody on charges of felony breaking-and-entering, deputies said.

Jaimes was being held in the Lee County Jail Sunday under a $2,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

The two 14-year-old suspects were released into the custody of their parents.

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  • james27613 Oct 12, 2009

    looks like the young kid was hanging out with the wrong crowd.
    at least the other two had enough brains to flag down a passing motorist and get him help. unfortunate he did not live.

  • james27613 Oct 12, 2009

    Not a good idea, someone else could be injured by your booby trap and you will be held accountable.

    "I put A 8 foot board full of nails in my driveway...."

  • alwayslovingu30 Oct 12, 2009

    Mnay People are braeking into johnston county homes it has had A big increase in breakins.If some one breaks into my house I hope I see him.My home was being watched last week by theives.I put A 8 foot board full of nails in my driveway they got it the next night they came back they were chased for A short distance they were in A big hurry to leave.Let the punishemtn fit the crime.If I see them they can join the club in the news observer

  • bmg379 Oct 12, 2009

    If he had not been doing crazy nonsense and being a troublemaker vandalizing the property of hard working citizens, he would still be here.

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    I have to agree the punishment fit the crime. Tired of people not having any respect for the property of others.

    I am sorry for his parents
    but,
    If more things like this happened to young kids in trouble their friends might be scared off a life of crime

  • sayitoutloud Oct 12, 2009

    Hopefully this tought his "friends" a lesson. Dont try to take stuff that doesnt belong to you. Had his parents tought him this, he may still be alive.

  • diver Oct 12, 2009

    JCLAY..would you be so quick to defend them if while breaking into your house they subdued your family and one of them died. although they didn't mean to kill anyone, who is the one here who suffers....YOU or your family.People are getting tired of the ever increasing crime rate. You break into my house a sharp glass is the least of your worries!!! I have a family to protect... and 16 years old or 80 years old I will protect them.

  • jclay4000 Oct 12, 2009

    In defense of GoGreen I am sure he/she meant you don't get the death sentence for breaking into a house. What is wrong with you people! Yes I agree those kids were stupid and should not have been breaking into a house, but it is a tragedy. Even if it was my home they broke into, BigUNCFan, I would never think someone dying for that was justified. Obviously they were lacking in something in their lives, parental supervision, not enough activities to keep them busy, etc. This society is too quick to label a kid bad, a label that sticks and send them down that path instead of trying to reverse it and for that we all suffer when that kid turns into an adult and is never "rehabilitated".

  • diver Oct 12, 2009

    Yeah GoGreen how would you feel if these kids broke into your house with your kids. huh? either you dont have kids(so you cant take it as seriously), or you do have kids(and you are not a very protective parent)

  • BigUNCFan Oct 12, 2009

    "He's not here now. He's gone," Mojica said of his son's passing.

    I have to just shake my head at the obviousness of this statement.

    Of course he's gone, he died.

    If he had not been doing crazy nonsense and being a troublemaker vandalizing the property of hard working citizens, he would still be here.

  • BigUNCFan Oct 12, 2009

    I have to agree the punishment fit the crime. Tired of people not having any respect for the property of others.

    I really don't understand the comments by GoGreen. Maybe these folks should stop by GoGreen's residence and see if he enjoys their visit.

    It is funny how all of these liberal tree huggers love the criminal as long as the criminal is causing harm to someone else.

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