A Florida man died in a freak accident while attempting to rob a house when a window he was climbing through fell closed, landing on his neck. Jonathan Hernandez, 32, was attempting to break into the Lehigh Acres property on Saturday, December 13 via a window that slammed shut when he was only halfway through it, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office revealed. Because it fell on his neck, he was trapped in the frame and eventually died.
What are the chances? The fact that the window not only closed on him out of nowhere but landed on his neck, effectively strangling him with no way for him to free himself is something out of Final Destination. While there’s no doubt committing any crime is wrong, losing your life is a pretty hefty price to pay.
Hernandez was effectively left hanging in the air. As per a statement by Lt. Russell Park, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office: “When Hernandez was trying to work his way through the window, it unexpectedly closed on top of him, pinning him and keeping him suspended in the air. What a miserable and torturous way to die.
Police say they knew of Hernandez well as he had a lengthy rap sheet. Among his convictions was one for felony grand theft in 2018 and an arrest in 2014 that linked him to a local murder case. However, Hernandez’s family and friends insist he was a good person. “He is not a burglar. He’s not a thief. He’s not a bad guy,” his friend Tyson Lane told local news affiliate WBBH. That’s not what he is.”
His family thinks there’s more to the story than what’s been told. In fact, they’re not so sure Hernandez lost his life in the way the police department says he did. His fiancee, Patricia Duarte, urged an investigation into the matter to uncover what really happened. “I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation,” she said. “I need the actual truth to come to light.”
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