Orange County woman fighting back during home invasion, assault helped find suspect, sheriff says

Orange County News

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A man was arrested in connection with a daytime home invasion Tuesday in Orange County. The sheriff said the victim fighting back caused him to drop evidence.

Jose Daniel Martinez-Ortiz, 40, of Durham, was arrested in a multi-county effort led by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault on a female, and breaking and entering.

“Everything we were able to do tonight was the result of two things,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a news release. “First, the resident of the home, when attacked, fought back, and she fought back hard. Because of her actions, the attacker dropped some items of evidence which assisted in identifying him.”

The home invasion happened along Longwood Drive around 2:30 p.m Tuesday. The victim said the man attacked her by attempting to grab her.

He then punched her in the stomach and jaw, a news release said.

The woman was able to resist and run out of the house, deputies said.

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