Teen girl attacked during home invasion; suspect apprehended

Man Arrested After Assaulting Teen in Hobe Sound Home Invasion

HOBE SOUND, Fla. — A 42-year-old man, Antonio Amaya-Guevara, was taken into custody on Friday after breaking into a house in Hobe Sound and assaulting a 17-year-old girl, according to deputies. The incident occurred while the teenager was home alone.

The suspect was apprehended later in Palm Beach County. Germaine Patterson, a neighbor, described the victim as a quiet girl who would occasionally wave at him. He revealed that the victim was the daughter of his friend.

Patterson recounted his conversation with the girl’s father, saying, “I asked him what happened, and he told me somebody broke into his house and put his hands on his daughter.”

According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the break-in occurred around 2 p.m. when Amaya-Guevara entered the house through a back door. Initially, the girl mistook the intruder for a maintenance worker hired by her father. It was only when she FaceTimed her dad that she realized the seriousness of the situation.

“While still on FaceTime with her father, she managed to take screenshots of the suspect as he was leaving,” explained Chief Deputy John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. “At some point, the suspect became more and more agitated.”

The girl followed the perpetrator down the road, and it was then that he attacked her and fled. “He came back and punched her at least three times and snatched her cellphone out of her hands,” Budensiek revealed. “That started the fight that led to the 911 call.”

The victim sustained minor bruises and abrasions on her face and was taken to Jupiter Medical Center. After receiving medical treatment, she was released.

According to witnesses at the scene, the girl is doing okay. Budensiek commended her for her quick thinking in capturing photos of the suspect and providing crucial information to the deputies, including details about the vehicle he was driving.

When asked about the possibility of a connection to other burglaries, Budensiek pointed out that a similar incident occurred about a mile away three months earlier. “We’re not positive it’s the same person, but there are some similarities,” he stated. “This is not normal for our area, so this is alarming to us.”

Amaya-Guevara, originally from Honduras, entered the United States illegally in 2023. He now faces charges of occupied burglary, battery robbery by sudden snatching, and child abuse. His bond is set at $800,000, and he will also be subject to an immigration detainer.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security, successfully apprehended the suspect.

Neighbors expressed their concerns and fears following the incident. Josellin Gonzalez, a neighbor, shared her feelings, saying, “That’s scary. I’m glad I have a dog outside… to alert me. That’s very sad. The fact that she had to defend herself is very sad.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, as authorities work to determine if there is any connection to previous burglaries in the area.

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