An Arizona woman has been arrested in Florida after trying to bust into a home with a hammer and being confronted by the homeowner with a firearm.
Investigators say on Saturday, at approximately 6:15 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a suspicious female, possibly under the influence of drugs, walking on Lake Seminole Road near River Road in Jackson County.
On the way to the scene, deputies were told that the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Amber Montoya from New Mexico, used a hammer to smash the window of a front door and tried to unlock the door of a house on Lake Seminole.
The homeowner confronted Montoya with a gun and told her to leave. The homeowner was prepared to use deadly force if Montoya had entered the residence.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they took Montoya into custody at the residence. It was later determined that Montoya caused more than $400 in damage to the victim’s residence.
Montoya has a long criminal history spanning five states and will be charged with Burglary of an Occupied Structure and Criminal Mischief.
“The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate this type of behavior, and Sheriff Edenfield encourages homeowners to use any means necessary to protect themselves in situations like this,” said Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.