Alejandro Melendez had the shock of his life when he returned to his house to find an intruder in the act of robbing him.
The intruder, later identified as Glenn Smith Jr. of Elyria, assaulted Melendez almost as soon as he made it to the front door. The assault was seen by neighbors since it happened in broad daylight.
The scuffle started in the front yard but continued into the house. Once Melendez made it inside he was able to reach his 9 mm semi-automatic that he kept hidden by the front door. He shot Smith several times in what he states as self-defense.
Smith was taken to Mercy Hospital with multiple bullet wounds where he shortly thereafter died.
One of the neighbors was in her house when she saw the beginning of the assault. Melendez was shoved out of the front door before a short struggle. Then both men ran back inside the house although she did not here to gun shots that followed.
Within a few minutes she saw Melendez burst from the front door with a phone and he made what appeared to be a frantic phone call.
According to the police, Mr. Smith was carrying items that pointed to the fact he was there to rob the place.
Smith has a history with the law. The Chronicle has a list of past offenses:
According to online federal court records, Smith was charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine in Tucson, Ariz. The 2001 case originally resulted in Smith being placed on probation in 2006 for 60 months, but a 2008 Elyria traffic stop led to the probation being revoked.
Smith was stopped in possession of several baggies of marijuana and more than $12,000 in cash, police said.
A federal judge later ordered Smith to serve five years in federal prison. Smith also has several traffic offenses in Lorain and Elyria municipal courts.
No charges have been filed against Melendez although the case has been handed to the Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office for “review”.
We applaud the quick actions of another homeowner that will live much longer because of his firearm being readily available.
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