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Home Crime ‘I don’t mess around’: A man used his own key to enter the wrong home and beat an elderly neighbor, thinking he was an intruder, the police say

‘I don’t mess around’: A man used his own key to enter the wrong home and beat an elderly neighbor, thinking he was an intruder, the police say

Eric Collazo was arrested for allegedly beating up his elderly neighbor after using his own key to enter the other man’s Texas home and mistaking him for an intruder.

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Eric Collazo (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

Eric Collazo (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

A man in Texas is accused of beating assaulting and injuring his elderly neighbor. He allegedly used his own house key to mistakenly unlock and enter the home of the older man, whom he thought was an intruder and attacked.

Eric Collazo was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of injuring an elderly person causing bodily harm, according to court records reviewed by Law&Crime.

Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 6000 block of Carriage Cape in San Antonio, Texas at about 1:25 a.m. on March 25, as per an incident report from The News Tribune. However, upon arrival, the deputies quickly realized that the home invasion seemed to be the result of an unlikely accident. obtained by Deputies found that the victim’s front door had not been damaged in any way.

Upon entering the home, the deputies found the victim, who is reportedly 79 or 80 years old. He was limping, his clothing was torn, and food from a local Tex-Mex restaurant covered him and the apartment floor.

The victim said he was in the bathroom when he heard a knock on his door and then a tall man dressed in black, later identified as Collazo, entered the home and attacked him. Collazo pushed the victim into his bathtub and repeatedly struck him with a closed fist, as reported by San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT

The victim suffered three broken ribs and was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. reported.

A cellphone that did not belong to the victim was found in the victim’s bathroom and was identified as belonging to Collazo, who was located at a neighboring home, attempting to get into a parked car, per KSAT. reportedly In an interview with deputies, Collazo allegedly claimed that he thought he was entering his own home and even used his own key to unlock the front door. He stated that he thought the victim was a home invader, so he attacked the man.

Collazo reportedly told the authorities, “I don’t mess around.”

Additionally, deputies noted that Collazo had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath during the interview, according to the Tribune.

To verify Collazo’s story, deputies took his key and tried it in the victim’s front door. To their surprise, the key worked.

“Upon deputies checking the suspect’s key to verify if it could open the victim’s door, the key did, in fact, work to open the door,” said Johnny Garcia, a public information officer for BCSO, to KSAT. “It is unknown why the key works at the victim’s residence, however, investigators believe the issue may be related to the builder of the residences.”

M/I Homes, the company that

built both homes, told KSAT they would look into the issue of one key working in two homes and get back to the station at a later date.

Collazo was booked into the Bexar County Jail and released on Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond. He was ordered not to have contact with the victim and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 1, 2024. reportedly Eric Collazo was taken into custody for reportedly assaulting his older neighbor after using his personal key to get into the other man’s Texas house and confusing him for a trespasser.

Collazo was booked into the Bexar County Jail and released on Thursday after posting bond of $10,000 and being ordered to have not contact with the victim. He is currently scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 1, 2024.

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