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Son fights off Winter Haven armed burglary suspect

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WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) - A mother and her son say a burglar picked the wrong house. When he showed up in her bedroom for her purse, they fought back. In fact, the son stabbed him and that suspect is in the hospital.

It happened around 8:30 Monday night in Winter Haven.

"He was grabbing my momma so I did the best I could," David Hunt said. "He started chunking stuff at me so I rushed him and I grabbed him in the headlock. I told him 'man, quit, just get out of our house.'"

Janet Hunt, David's mother, is disabled with several ailments, including COPD.  She says her son made a difference.

"He's my hero," she said. "If he hadn't been here, God only knows what might've happened and that's the truth."

Winter Haven Police identify the intruder as Tobarus Anthony Johnson. The family members believe they've met him once before but didn't really know him. David Hunt said he and his mother feared for their lives so he went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and fought back.

"I thought he was really going to hurt my momma," David said. "I didn't care about him or nobody else. I wasn't worried about myself. I was worried about my momma."

The Hunts said he pushed Janet to the ground and kicked her in the head before he broke out their kitchen window to get away.

They didn't want him back on the street.

"I wasn't about to let him get away. That's just point blank," Janet said. "You ain't coming to my house and taking my s---. Especially my medication. I've got to have my medication."

David grabbed the neighbors, who chased Johnson for 2 blocks and stopped him until police showed up.

"I just had to chase him," said Jimmy Miller, who followed the intruder alongside his niece. "I wasn't going to let him get away."

Paramedics took Johnson to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of multiple sharp force trauma injuries to his leg, torso and head. At last check he was in critical condition.

Investigators tell us Johnson has a long criminal history including Burglary of a Dwelling, Grand Theft, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Forgery, Fraud Swindle, and Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification.

"He barked up the wrong tree," Janet Hunt said. "Maybe he'll learn that you just don't come in somebody's house, try to take something that don't belong to you. Because my son really fought back for my life."

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