Saturday, October 15, 1977

Boy, 15, Using a Bat to Disarm Suspect, Slays Him with Gun

Swinging his baseball bat to disarm a would-be robber who had forced his way into a South Bronx apartment at gunpoint, a 15-year-old schoolboy knocked the gun out of the intruder’s hand, fielded it and fired one shot, killing the suspect.

The intruder, 20 year-old Charles Benford, was killed in the 15th-floor apartment of Bettye Ramos, 47 in a middle-income housing complex in the Southview section. He had been shot in the back.

Mrs. Ramos had left her apartment at 8:20am to walk her poodle. The gunman forced her back into the apartment. Alfredo Armentores, who was dressing for school, ran from his bedroom and saw his mother struggling with the gunman. He returned with his baseball bat and seeing his mother struck on the head with the butt of a 25-caliber pistol, slammed the bat against the assailant’s head and shoulders. The gunman fired two shots at the youth. Carol Rodriquez, a 23 year-old daughter grabbed a lamp and slammed it down on the man’s head. As he fell to his knees Alfredo batted the gun out of his hands. In a scramble for the gun, Alfredo got to it first. He then fired the fatal shot, striking the intruder in the back. After calling police, he and his sister dragged the man into the hall.

Excerpt from New York Times Oct 15, 1977

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