Four men were charged with robbery and home invasion in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County after they entered a home on the 2000 block of Willow Park Road around 4 a.m. on Thursday. The men were identified as Millito Delgado, 45; Michael Matas, 29; Francis Ferrando, 23; and Anthony Santiago, 29. Three people were in the house at the time.
According to the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, during the home invasion, one of the occupants shot at least two of the home invaders.
The good-guy with a gun fired at the intruders, hitting Matas and Ferrando. Matas was hit seven times and is in critical but stable condition, but he is expected to survive. Ferrando was hit in the leg. They, along with Delgado, were taken into custody while Santiago remained at large. All four men have been charged.
The four intruders now face criminal charges, including three counts of robbery with attempted serious bodily injury, two counts of possessing an instrument of crime, burglary, simple assault, and related charges. Delgado, Matas, and Ferrando were in custody while Santiago remained at large, although police said there was no danger to the public.
Officials said that the affidavit spelling out the circumstances of the case would remain sealed to protect the ongoing investigation. The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office is investigating how both wounded suspects made it to hospitals.
At this time, no charges have been filed against the occupant, who appears to have been legally armed, for repeatedly shooting the two robbers.
The incident has once more highlighted the growing trend of law-abiding Americans defending themselves and their loved ones with legally owned guns.
While gun banners continue to deny the effective use of weapons for self-defense, gun rights advocates argue that the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and that law-abiding citizens should be able to use firearms to defend themselves and their property.
Opponents continue to spin the lie, that U.S. gun ownership and responsible access to firearms leads to more gun violence, accidents, and deaths. They also claim that gun owners lack the necessary training to use firearms safely and responsibly, despite what we just reported.
The debate around gun control in the US remains highly polarized, with both sides firmly entrenched in their positions. However, incidents like the one in Bethlehem Township continue to fuel the ongoing discussion about how best to balance individual rights with public safety, with armed and deadly self-defense.