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Sheriff: Undocumented immigrant broke into home, got in bed with victim, threatened to kill her

Posted: 11:04 AM, May 22, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-22 17:35:44-04

Polk County deputies arrested an undocumented immigrant after he reportedly broke into a residence in un-incorporated Davenport, got in bed with a woman and threatened to kill her. 

Juan Arteaga-Orozco, 36, of Haines City was arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder in the 2nd degree and two counts of burglary with assault/battery.

Orozco is an immigrant from Mexico and deputies say he is in the United States illegally. 

On Sunday, May 21, at approximately 4:06 a.m., deputies responded to a home on Highway 547 in reference to a burglary. Deputies spoke to a woman and her daughter when they arrived. Investigators found Orozco down the road from the incident. 

Deputies interviewed two victims at the scene. The first victim, told deputies she was sleeping when she woke up to find Orozco in bed with her. She got out of bed and he followed her as she screamed for help. Orozco reportedly placed both hands around her neck and squeezed and told her "shut up, shut up, or I'm going to kill you." The victim said Orozco was holding her neck so tight that her airway was blocked and she felt like she was going to pass out. She feared that Orozco was going to kill her. 

"She starts screaming and he chokes harder and says if you don't shut up, I'll kill you," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The woman's mother was coming home from a party and heard the screaming and entered the house. As the woman was entering the room, the suspect was trying to leave the house and pushed the mother out of the way and ran toward the front door. The second victim tried to grab the suspect and detain him, but the suspect pushed the victim again and ran out the front door of the home. 

Deputies located Orozco's vehicle in the front yard of the home. Deputies say the suspect did not have permission to enter the home on this date and the suspect intentionally choked the victim, almost to the point of death, placing fear in her that she was going to die. The suspect also intentionally struck the second victim. 

"This is an example of an immigrant in our country illegally committing serious and violent crimes. He also has a criminal history, and should have been deported after committing his earlier crimes" said Sheriff Grady Judd. 

Orozco has a criminal history since 2004 including five felony and 2 misdemeanor charges. 

Criminal History: 

  • 12-17-2017- SAO- Leaving the scene of a crash
  • 7-19-2013- PCSO- Armed trafficking in methamphetamine (2 counts) and own or rent a structure for the purpose of trafficking controlled substance
  • 08-21-2005- FHP- DWLSR Habitual
  • 04-23-2005- FHP- DWLSR Habitual
  • 09-18-2004 HCPD- DWLSR Knowledge
  • 01-09-2004- HCPD- No driver's license

Orozco was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he is being held on no bond and will be placed on a hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.