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After hearing break-in, another resident confronts suspected prowler with a gun

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Police said the intruder tried to escape the break-in. The resident fired a shot at him and told him to stay put.Golden Gate Media

A San Francisco resident defended his property and his life by arming himself against a prowler who broke into his apartment last week.

Upon hearing someone breaking into his property, the victim, 66, grabbed his gun and ran to confront the intruder. The resident even shot at the prowler.

“On July 6, 2021, at approximately 10:20 a.m., San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the 1600 block of Folsom Street regarding a hot prowl burglary in progress,” the police department said in a statement. "While they were en route, dispatchers advised officers that shots had been fired at the location. Upon arrival, officers detained Danny Babineaux, male, 37, San Francisco in a ground-floor restaurant.”

Police officers raced to the location after learning the prowler call had turned into a shooting.

“The investigation revealed that the victim, a 66-year-old male, heard noises coming from the kitchen of his apartment, which is located on the second floor,” police stated. “He went to his kitchen and encountered Babineaux who was climbing through the kitchen window. The victim told officers he feared for his safety, retrieved a handgun, and returned to the kitchen. According to the victim, Babineaux was now inside the kitchen, attempted to leave by a rear door but then turned towards the victim. The victim discharged the firearm, but Babineaux was not struck by gunfire.”

The suspect tried leaving, but it was the armed resident would not let him flee.

“Babineaux fled downstairs to a common area between a restaurant and the apartments. The victim told him to stop,” police added. “Babineaux complied and the victim watched him until police arrived. Babineaux was booked at SF County Jail for burglary (459 1st degree) and burglary (459 PC 2nd degree).”

Burglaries, home invasions, smash-and-grabs, and other violent crimes are out-of-control in San Francisco, long-time residents have complained. Smash-and-grab thefts have occurred with impunity, as captured on high-profile social media videos that have surfaced.

In a city fraught with crime, many are stunned about the sheer lawlessness and question whether San Francisco’s law enforcement apparatus is able to effectively keep the community safe.

Citizens, it appears, are taking their safety into their own hands. This is the latest instance this month of an armed homeowner fighting back against break-ins.

On July 2, a Modesto-area homeowner armed himself against an armed intruder who broke into his property.

“The homeowner was alerted to a break-in by an alarm company monitoring the residence,” the Stanislaus Co. Sheriff stated. “Shortly after the homeowner entered the house, a male intruder was found inside. The suspect shot at the homeowner multiple times. The homeowner was able to return fire, as both parties became involved in a continued exchange of mutual gunfire. Eventually, the homeowner was able to disarm the male intruder. The homeowner immediately reported the incident by calling 911 as he exited the property.”

The suspected intruder, a 41-year-old Turlock man, was found dead inside the home from a gunshot wound.

A separate instance of a homeowner fighting back happened in Fairfield, Calif. in Solano County on July 6. During that incident, a husband and wife were sitting down for breakfast when an armed intruder kicked down the front door to their house.

The homeowner shot the intruder dead with his .357 Magnum revolver.

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