Father attacks stranger his home & gets charged with aggravated battery

@sedel1027 (17855)
United States
September 13, 2008 12:28pm CST
A father in Florida attacked a naked stranger he saw in his daughters bedroom with a pipe. He hit the naked stranger in the head and then chased him out of the house. Apparently the naked stranger was his daughter boyfriend - which he didn't know about - and he boy had been sneaking into the home for about a year. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,422162,00.html The man was defending his home, why did he get charged with aggravated battery? For all he knew it was an intruder that was trying to attack his daughter.
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20 responses
14 Sep 08
Although the boyfriend was not an intruder he was as far as the father was concerned. I think it is disgusting that you can't defend your home and family when an intruder breaks into your home. I cannot believe the boyfriend filed charges against the man, any father would have reacted in the same manner. I hope the daughter has the sense to dump the boyfriend after what he did. She is also partly responsible for this situation. I am amazed this even went to court, and even more so that he was charged with aggravated battery. I think the justice system favours criminals and it is disgraceful.
@myklj999 (14845)
14 Sep 08
I'm amazed all of you are giving an opinion without being able to read the whole story. Do you have any idea if the father actually hit him before or after he found out who the person was? There are not enough details available (in my opinion) to make an honest assessment of this case.
@myklj999 (14845)
14 Sep 08
Well, the link you supplied no longer goes to this story, so I can't give an honest opinion of what I think. Too many questions: how did the Father find the kid, what was the kid doing when Dad found him, was the girl there, etc. Bummer. I was hoping to be able to give an informed opinion.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
14 Sep 08
This isn't the same exact story, but here is a link to a different site. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080912/ap_on_fe_st/odd_angry_dad Seems like some of the details have been removed though.
• Canada
13 Sep 08
That was not right at all and I am surprised there is not a hugh public outcry on this one . The law states we have a right to protect our home and yet when this man did he got charged for it . Finding a naked man in your daughters room at night would not be the time to turn the lights on and ask questions about did his daughter have something to tell him as if this had been a burgular or a rapists they all would have been killed themselves . There was no way for the father to in any way think this was a boyfriend when he didn't even know his daughter had a boyfriend . This man needs to get himself a good lawyer and sue them for charging him with protecting his home . For starters boyfriend or not , this kid did break into his home as chances are he came through a window and not the front door . He did not have permission from the owner of the house to be there and he was in the house naked so he was up to no good anyway . If we no longer have a right to defend our home then the crime rate is going to go up pretty quickly in the next little while .
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
13 Sep 08
That is the one thing that this article didn't mention, why this kid wasn't charged on breaking and entering.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
13 Sep 08
The only reason I could think of is that he could have threatened the guy first and asked his daughter if she was in any trouble, but then again he was acting out of protection and if he did not act fast something bad could have happened if the guy really had been a dangerous stranger. I guess the girl must have learned her lesson! But maybe if they had a better attorney or something he would not be charged!
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I don't think the daughter was even home - or at least the article didn't state she was home. Maybe someone who lives in the area that this happened could clarify. In my opinion, he didn't need to give a warning at all.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
14 Sep 08
The law is so messed up these days. Even the vicitms are charged as criminals even though they have every right to defend themselves. It is unreal.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 Sep 08
I live in one of thse states where it is still legal to kill in an intruder if you felt you or your family were in mortal jeapordy. The link disapeared so I couldn't read the story and there is much I don't know about the rest of the story. I am wondering was the boyfriend over age? Was the daughter under age? Is the boy being charged with anything in the way of staturory? I'm thinking that under the circumstances and given Florida's laws concerning intruders and protecting your home, the charges will eventualy be dismissed or put on file with out finding once it reaches a judge.
• India
14 Sep 08
Hi Frnds i too disagree with this the father should not have beaten the guy though he has seen him naked in his daughter room,coming to the father;'s feelings if we think ourselves as fathers and if any guy is with our daughter that to naked then what will be our feelings though he is a boy frnd of his daughter he shouldnt have done it.but now we are young na so we think the father is redicolous with the guy.so u ppl think and if u like my response then give comment bye....
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Whether he is the daughter's boyfriend or not she has no right to invite anyone into her father's home without the father's persmission. Both the daughter and the boyfriend were in the wrong. they both knew that the father had no idea he was coming into the home. If I were the father and charges were filed and upheld the daughter would be out of the house. She knew what she was doing was wrong and there is no excuse for it. The father really was doing what he felt was right in that situation.
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
14 Sep 08
Maybe he was trying to protect his daughter. the father is not at fault. If you ask me the daughter and her boyfriend should be charge. They shouldn't be sneaking around in the midst of the night where her father could have thought that this man was exploiting himself over her Or worst going to R*** her. Charges should be dropped against the father but chargers should be brought upon the daughter and her boyfriend. Now thats a story for them to tell their kids in 10or so years XD
@geekyjock (371)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
I don't agree with the judgement. And why the way who charged the father? the boyfriend? I'm not sure with it but for me the to blame for all of this is the daughter. First of all why did she kept her boyfriend from her father? second ok lets say her father told her that she couldn't have a boyfriend before 18 blah blah blah, at that point where the father saw her naked boyfriend and started attacking him, at that moment shy didn't she jumped into the situation and do all the talking to explain everything to her dad and it could have prevented all that mess. Ok but if the daughter did what I just said and tried to talk to her father, and still the father insisted on assaulting the boyfriend, then I think that's another case and I think he did that on purpose not just to defend his home. Ok so it happened the boyfriend got beaten, he sues the dad. I think at this point the daughter should have tried to talk to her Bf and try to ask for forgiveness about the incident to prevent all the humiliation nd charges. I think the daughter is quite irresponsible that's why all that scene happened she made a huge mess! She made her father look like a criminal and she destroyed her reputation and her BF. Total mess up
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
The man of the house saw a naked person in his daughters room so the initial reaction of the father was of course to get violent any person will do this specially seeing him in his daughters room naked. Ask any father this question the reaction will be the same. The daughters boyfriend should be thankfull that hes alive after banging his daughter for a year. Charging the father would be insulting in fact the boyfriend should apologize and withdraw the charges. I believe that naked person will loose this case. Thats what you get when you dont go through parents.
@LUIS1334 (27)
• United States
14 Sep 08
thats messed up he was just protecting his home the other person may have been a rapist who knows what he was thinking as long as he defended his house he did the right thing they shoud just take the charges off
• Canada
14 Sep 08
That is crazy. I don't think he should be charged but I have heard of this happening before. There was a man that broke into someones house and got hurt when he did it and sued the home owner. I think it is all a buch of crap but hey we dont make the justice system.
• United States
14 Sep 08
I feel bad for the boyfriend. He had to run out the house naked in public. Thats kinda hilarious too. But yea I disagree with the officials. The Parents was doing his job in safety and protection.
• United States
14 Sep 08
i think it's dumb that he is being charged but....even though its not his daughters home she invited her boyfriend in which means he didnt break in. with that being said the b/f is no longer a stranger in the house but a guest. in reality the father should have smacked the s**t out his daughter for blatant disrespect.
@irishidid (8570)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I'm reminded of my civics class in school where the teacher said if you kill someone on your porch drag them in your house. If the father had contained the naked stranger it the house he would not be in the situation he is in.
• Malaysia
13 Sep 08
A policeman told me once if there's someone intruding your house, you can do anything to them. Using the "protecting my family" reason you still considered as innocent. But do it before the policeman arrived. The guy is lucky indeed to still be alive.
@MissGia (955)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Stories like these stun me.. I find it ironic that the naked stranger who was hitting a pipe had the nerve to filing charges about anything.... *shakes head*
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Really disgusting what the world is coming to isn't it sedel? This is because we give the "bad" guys way too much liberty and freedom..The "bad" guys in prisons get better health, dental care and even food than most kids I see.. When someone does anything wrong anymore, the law seems to be on their side a lot anymore..
@nancyrowina (3850)
13 Sep 08
If he didn't know the boy was his daughters boyfriend than you can't blame him for trying to defend his family. But something doesn't sound right, if the boy saw him coming with the pipe he probably would have said he was his daughters boyfriend, or while he was being chased out of the house. Wouldn't the daughter have been there to explain who the boy was too before he got chased away naked? It sounds to me like the dad has got angry that he found a naked boy in his daughters room and changed his story later.