A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion and robbery gone wrong in North Carolina after the suspect’s younger brother was shot and killed by a 14-year-old boy trying to protect his grandmother on Tuesday.
According to Mecklenburg County jail records, Carlos Delcid has a criminal history of breaking-and-entering and larceny charges. When he took his younger brother, 18-year-old Isai, out to rob a home on Rolling Fields Road by Mint Hill, things didn’t go according to plan.
Authorities say Isai was shot and killed by a 14-year-old boy upon entering the home through a rear sliding glass door. The 14-year-old’s grandfather, George Wyant, told police that the boy warned the robbers and was trying to protect his grandmother.
“He told them, ‘Stop, I’ve got a gun,’” Wyant told the Charlotte Observer. But the robbers continued breaking in, so the 14-year-old fired away, Wyant said.
This isn’t the first time that Wyant’s family has been victim to attempted robbery. On April 1, 2008, Wyant’s son-in-law — the 14-year-old’s father — was shot to death. Neighbors told police they heard the sound of squealing tires leaving the scene shortly after the gun shots. No arrests were made.
Since then, Wyant has been teaching the 14-year-old boy to protect himself by taking him to a shooting range to teach him how to use a gun. Little did the boy know he would soon have to put his practice to use.
Police believe the killing was justified. “These people were trying to break into the house, and (the home’s occupants) were trying to defend themselves,” Lt. Eric Brady told the Charlotte Observer.
When Wyant was asked if he thought his grandson was a hero for what he had done, he responded: “In a way, yes. And in a way, no. He protected his grandmother. Who knows what the results could have been.”