CRIME

Florida homeowner slashes would-be robber with machete

A would-be burglar died after a homeowner repeatedly hit him with a machete and police shocked him with a stun gun, investigators said.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Heather and Steven Aiosa woke up early Tuesday and saw 31-year-old Robert James Alcalde in their bedroom.

Alcalde was acting paranoid and was crouched in a corner before he began throwing things off shelves, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. Steven Aiosa grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and walked with his wife outside to load it, but the gun malfunctioned and he went back inside to get the machete.

Alcalde then reportedly went outside and tackled Heather Aiosa, and that's when her husband struck the man with the machete.

Arriving deputies fired a stun gun at Alcalde six times. He was declared dead at the hospital.