Police: Woman beat burglar with bedpost

Lucio Miranda shown with his right eye swollen shut when he was booked Jan. 13. The photo at right was taken more recently. (Images courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

January 23, 2012 6:23:58 PM PST
A Raleigh woman turned the tables on an alleged burglar when he broke into her home earlier this month.

According to court documents, Victoria Alexis Jones was in her Dorthea Dr. residence around 8 p.m. on January 13 with her two small children when 40-year-old Lucio Miranda allegedly broke in.

Jones said she asked Miranda to leave and when he didn't, she said she sprang into action.

As Miranda closed in on her, she grabbed a wooden bed post.

"He's still coming towards me," she recounted. "And the only thing I knew to do was to protect and defend my family. It just so happened I have an old bed with a solid wood oak post, and it was loose.

She said she grabbed the post and started to beat Miranda.

"As he got in the living room he was about to run," Jones said. "When I hit him that last time, I hit him in his head and he fell out."

Miranda was still on scene when police arrived to arrest him. A booking photo showed him with his right eye swollen shut from the beating.

Miranda was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of stolen goods.

He was treated at WakeMed for a head injury and a broken ankle.

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