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Cops: Florida Burglar Was Killed by Falling Window

Jonathan Hernandez was pinned and strangled, deputies say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2020 11:59 AM CST

(Newser) – A luckless burglar was killed mid-crime by a falling window, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office in southwest Florida. Police say 32-year-old Jonathan Hernandez died when the window of a Lehigh Acres home he was breaking into fell on his neck as he climbed through it, pinning and strangling him, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The home's property manager provided the newspaper with a photo of Hernandez's body caught in the window frame, which was about 5.5 feet off the ground.

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Deputies say he was dead when they arrived at the scene, reports NBC 2. Friends say Hernandez wasn't a "bad guy" and they don't believe police are telling the full story, though Hernandez has an extensive arrest record and was involved in a 2014 murder case, according to the sheriff's office. His fiancée says that when she saw the house where Hernandez died, she knew something was up. "Soon as I got there I’m like, there’s no way. This isn’t what happened," Patricia Duarte tells NBC 2. (Read more Florida stories.)

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