Girl Jumps From Window During Home Burglary

January 18th, 2011 by Staff


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 15-year-old girl was home alone when a burglar broke into her east Orange County home. She was able to get out and then help deputies catch the suspect.
When the burglar was breaking into the home, Courtney Winter managed to jump out a window in the back, dial 911 for help, and ran into nearby woods to hide. She was sitting inside her Greenview Pines Court home, watching TV, when all of the sudden she heard a loud knock at the door.
“I heard a bang and another bang and a crash,” she told WFTV.
“What did you think at that time?” WFTV reporter Mark Boyle asked.
“I couldn’t believe that was happening,” she said.
Orange County detectives say that crashing sound was the sound of Tulio Rodriguez breaking a window to get in the home.
When Courtney saw the suspect through the front window, she jumped up off the couch, ran into a bedroom and locked the door. But when she realized the man had come into the house, she jumped out a window and dialed for help.
“As I was jumping out the window, I was dialing 911, and then I popped out the screen and jumped out and hid in the woods,” she said.
Meanwhile, investigators say Rodriguez was running through the house grabbing whatever he could get his hands on, including a Nintendo Wii, several games, a DVD player, and several cameras. But Rodriguez hit a major road block before he could get out of the home.
Because of Courtney’s quick thinking by calling 911, deputies showed up and caught Rodriguez in the act.
Courtney has one thing to say to the man who broke into her home.
“Needs to be smarter about the places he chooses,” she said.
WFTV just checked the Orange County jail website on Friday and Rodriguez was is still in custody. His charges include burglary, criminal mischief, and grand theft.


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