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Burglar Dies After Getting Stuck In Window Of House He Was Breaking Into

Lehigh Acres, FL – A convicted felon died while trying to burglarize a home after a window he was crawling through slammed shut on his body, suspending him in mid-air, according to police.

The bizarre incident occurred at a residence in on 46th Street Southwest on Dec. 12, Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Public Information Officer Lt. Russell Park told reporters several days later.

Investigators determined that 32-year-old convicted felon Jonathan Hernandez was trying to break into a home by hoisting himself through a window, according to Lt. Park.

“While Hernandez was trying to work his way through the window, it unexpectedly closed on top of him, pinning him, and keeping him suspended in [the] air,” the lieutenant explained.

A photo taken by the property manager showed the suspect dangling out of a window about five-and-one-half feet off of the ground, the News-Press reported.

The window had fallen shut on his neck, and his body was hanging limply in the photo, according to the paper.

The family who lives at the residence said there was a broken spring on the heavy hurricane window, and that it would have slammed down with incredible force, WINK reported.

The suspect was deceased when LCSO deputies arrived at the scene, Lt. Park confirmed.

The sheriff’s office’s Major Crimes Unit detectives are handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.

Lt. Park said Hernandez was “no stranger to law enforcement.”

He was previously arrested for his role in a murder case in 2014, although the lieutenant did not discuss any further details about that case.

Hernandez, who also goes by the alias of Jonathan Hernandez-Zuluaga, has previously been arrested for grand theft, marijuana possession, and a slew of probation violations, according to the News-Press.

His friends and family have raised questions about the investigation, and said they don’t believe Hernandez was doing anything wrong when he died, WBBH.

“Soon as I got there, I’m like, there’s no way. This isn’t what happened,” Hernandez’s fiancée, Patricia Duarte, told WBBH with regards to the LCSO’s findings.

“He is not a burglar. He’s not a thief. He’s not a bad guy,” agreed their friend, Tyson Lane. “He liked to have a good time.”

Duarte vowed to keep pushing investigators to get to the bottom of what really happened, WBBH reported.

“I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation,” she insisted. “I need the actual truth to come to light.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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