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High school student shoots intruder during attempted home burglary in suburban Delray Beach, FL

by Julius Whigham II, Palm Beach Post  |  published on May 23, 2013


A 19-year-old man has been identified as a suspect in an attempted burglary at a home Tuesday afternoon in suburban Delray Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies alleged that Jephte Madeus tried to break into a house in the 5100 block of Palm Ridge Boulevard, just west of South Military Trail and south of Woolbright Road. The alleged burglary attempt happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Madeus was armed with a stolen .380 Ruger semi-automatic handgun, sheriff’s office investigators said. A 15-year-old boy, and alleged accomplice to Madeus, was shot in the arm by a resident of the home.

Charges have not yet been filed against the 15-year-old, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The Palm Beach Post is not identifying him because he is a juvenile.

The arrest report does not list a current address for Madeus, who remained in the Palm Beach County Jail late Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

He is facing charges of attempted burglary and grand theft possessing a stolen firearm.

An Atlantic High School student, who was not identified, told investigators he was home when he heard a knock at the front door shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The student said he looked through the window and recognized a person who had previously threatened him at school.

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