Home Invasion Suspect Held At Gunpoint Until Deputies Arrive

March 28, 2017

An Escambia County, AL, homeowner held a home invasion suspect at gunpoint in his living room until deputies arrived.

The Phill Road homeowner told the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office that his family was sleeping about 2 a.m. Saturday when they were awakened by the sound of breaking glass and realized that someone was inside their home.

The homeowner retrieved his handgun and went into the living room. As he cocked the weapon, the suspect came up from behind a couch asking the homeowner not to shoot. The homeowner’s wife called 911.

When deputies arrived, they found the suspect being held face down on the floor. The suspect, later identified as 37-year old Robert Ryan Delgadillo, was taken into custody without incident. During their investigation, deputies found an open folding knife believed to belong to Delgadillo.

Delgadillo was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center in Brewton with bond set $50,000 for a charge of burglary first degree. He is also being held on a violation of probation charge from an unrelated incident.


26 Responses to “Home Invasion Suspect Held At Gunpoint Until Deputies Arrive”

  1. Michael Eugene Thornton on March 31st, 2017 8:18 am

    I’m usually sound asleep about 2 a.m. My .45 ACP mounts a great little flashlight so that I don’t shoot a friend or child. I would shoot an armed intruder usually unless he surrendered immediately and utterly. I awaken quickly but fear that I could shoot before the perpetrator could surrender utterly. Don’t want blood on my carpet or hardwood floors. Still, I’d rather be cleaning up his blood than having my wife mopping up mine. Hollow points and other defense ammo are EXPENSIVE and you are loathe to waste them but when needed, spend a few dollars. Redundancy can be a great thing to avoid being shot yourself; if they’re worth one shot, give until it hurts. DON’T LET THEM HURT YOU!

  2. Citizen II on March 30th, 2017 10:09 pm

    More damage here than a window! Once someone has broken into your home at 2 am with a knife, will you ever feel as at ease at night in your home again? Not likely! He stole some peace mind from this family. PTSD is also likely for a while, likely be at a high state of readiness for a while. Police are trained to expect a second person.
    Homeowner was prepared, protected his family from a lethal threat. Cowboy’d UP!

  3. Robert Riddle on March 30th, 2017 4:44 pm

    He’s very lucky to be alive. He came in there to hurt them by having the opened knife. It makes me mad thinking about it.

  4. question mark on March 29th, 2017 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the info on Phill rd. Got it now.

  5. Dennis on March 29th, 2017 12:52 pm

    An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord. Until he tries to attacks me I gotta live with what I did or didn’t do. I’m with the homeowner!

  6. Bill on March 29th, 2017 7:23 am

    I believe this man that didn’t kill this thief is very unnerved me I know I would have blown his brains out and ask questions later with no regrets funny how people are different seriously I would have shot him dead see i play with a 44 mag or 12 gauge loaded with mag buck shot to bad this one got away !!!!

  7. Sedition on March 28th, 2017 9:54 pm

    Dead men can’t take the stand in court.
    As far as my conscience, I’ll sleep like a baby knowing I smoked someone who broke into MY home. I’d shoot him twice for bringing a weapon with him.
    As far as the law, I point you to the Castle Doctrine. If they enter your home illegally, you have the right expect that they intend to commit great bodily harm or death and you have the right to use lethal force to defend yourself and your family.
    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  8. William on March 28th, 2017 9:03 pm

    >>>It’s misspelled in the article. Phill Rd. is off of Highway 31 in Brewton, just up the highway from the Country Club.

    Thanks. It was spelled “Phil” by the Sheriff’s Office. We’ve since verified that it is Phill Road and updated the story.

  9. anne 1of2 on March 28th, 2017 7:32 pm

    While I don’t want to live with killing someone, I’ll shoot the legs of anyone who doesn’t belong inside at 2:00am. Those people are pure saints.

  10. question mark on March 28th, 2017 6:25 pm

    where is the phil road?

  11. Brandon on March 28th, 2017 5:40 pm

    It’s misspelled in the article. Phill Rd. is off of Highway 31 in Brewton, just up the highway from the Country Club.

  12. Avis on March 28th, 2017 5:26 pm

    I’m fairly certain that if someone surrenders to you at gunpoint and you shoot him anyway, that would make you a criminal too, in the eyes of the law and your conscience. Now, if he thinks he can out fight you with that knife, blast away. But before you start shooting holes thru your couch make sure its not one of your own kids crawled in there drunk.

  13. question mark on March 28th, 2017 5:12 pm

    Somebody please tell us where is Phil Road???

  14. sam on March 28th, 2017 4:56 pm

    for all the bleeding hearts out there, this punk will be out the door of the jail in no time. think he’s learned his lesson? you’ll hear from him again. just hope no innocent person is harmed.

  15. Citizen on March 28th, 2017 4:34 pm

    I don’t think he has the right after he broke into their house to tell the home owner what he thinks he should do with that cocked and loaded gun.

  16. Laine on March 28th, 2017 4:28 pm

    Where is Phil Road at? Atmore?

  17. mick on March 28th, 2017 4:26 pm

    “Don’t shoot” really? I was just going to steal your hard earned belongings and if need be slit your throats while invading the sanctity of your home.

  18. Margie Lu on March 28th, 2017 4:14 pm

    As it should be. The only things injured are a pane of glass, a couple’s good night’s sleep and an offender’s freedom.

  19. Rodney on March 28th, 2017 3:44 pm

    Criminals always prove the level of their intelligence……bringing a knife to a gun fight comes to mind with this genius.;-)

  20. Brian in Century on March 28th, 2017 3:34 pm

    Dear Criminals,
    EVERYONE owns firearms around here and will absolutely use them to defend their families. This guy is very lucky, that at 2am, the home owner didn’t shoot

  21. CC on March 28th, 2017 3:31 pm

    Good constraint by the home owner. I probably would’ve shot first and said a prayer for his soul.

  22. nod on March 28th, 2017 2:46 pm

    If the homeowner would have shot him it would have saved the tax payer a lot of money. Kust sayin. Not saying he should have.

  23. mike on March 28th, 2017 2:41 pm

    Come on in. I got something waiting for folks like you.

  24. Oldnavy on March 28th, 2017 2:39 pm

    The 2nd Amendment saves lives. If he were just a burglar there was no need for an open knife, he came prepared to do harm.

  25. No Excuses on March 28th, 2017 2:37 pm

    Foolish to break in around here. He’d have been treated EXACTLY the same way if it had been our house!

  26. Sedition on March 28th, 2017 1:29 pm

    Should have blown his head off. I GUARANTEE he never would have offended again.

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