COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 25-year-old burglary suspect after he jumped into a canal, in an attempt to flee from them.
According to his arrest report, Gerardo Ruiz-Mora broke into two homes, one on Melody Lane and another on Andrea Lane, on Sunday around 6:00 a.m.
The victims from the first home that was broken into, a woman and her daughters, were visibly shaken as they told deputies that they heard a man banging at their door, demanding to be let in. He shouted that he wanted to speak with someone named Sergio. The women said they were calling the police, and then heard a window break. They saw a man wearing a black mask and hood, entering their home. One of the victims tried to push him out of the window, but he reportedly shoved her. When the women saw that he was holding a hammer, they screamed and he fled the house.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they heard the women screaming inside the home, and also heard someone jumping the fence behind the house. A female exited the sliding glass doors and directed deputies to the back of the house, saying the suspect fled toward the canal.
Deputies established a perimeter to contain the suspect, and soon were approached by a victim from the second home, who said he had heard a noise in his laundry room on Andrea Lane. A deputy entered the home and announced himself, but the suspect fled. The deputy deployed his taser, but Ruiz-Mora was still able to jump into he canal at that point. Deputies surrounded him and were able to subdue and arrest him.
A Ford Explorer, registered to Ruiz-Mora, was located on Melody Lane. An open tool set could be seen on the seat, with a space where a hammer should have been.