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Family beats would-be thief trying to rob father

3:21 PM, Jul 20, 2006   |    comments
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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Beaten by a West Palm Beach family and bound by a jump-rope, a would-be robber met a decidedly different fate than he expected — and now he's behind bars.

Craig Mack approached Mateo Perez in his yard as the Guatemalan immigrant returned home from an exhausting 12-hour day of landscaping and cleaning buildings.

Perez called out for his family, who rushed from the house to help.

Perez's wife beat on the man as his 13-year-old daughter hit him with a chair and his ten-year-old son whipped the attacker with a stick. Perez continued to wrestle the man on the ground.

Authorities arrived and found a bloodied and bruised Mack lying face down in the back yard, his legs bound by jump-rope. Perez was sitting on top of him.

Mack was examined at a hospital and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on robbery and battery charges. He is being held on $10,000 bail.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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