When Connie Kalish of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., thought someone had broken into her car on Tuesday evening, she did not call the police. She took matters into her own hands. Kalish, 46 (pictured), and her companion Anthony Perez, 21, identified the perp, chased him down, blocked his escape and went after him with a baseball bat. Then Kalish tried to strike the suspected thief with her car.
The only problem: they had the wrong guy. Police determined that the victim, who escaped frightened but unharmed before calling 911, was just some guy in the neighborhood and had nothing to do with the break-in.
"He was an innocent victim going home after being at his friend's house," wrote a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy in an arrest report.
The pair of prospective vigilantes were arrested. Perez has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. He now sits in Palm Beach County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Kalish, who removed the unidentified victim’s keys and wallet from his car after he fled, is being held on $40,000 bond, accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of an unoccupied structure.
When the pair spotted and, in their minds, convicted their victim if the beak-in on Kalish’s vehicle, Perez blocked his escape with his own car, then got out wielding a baseball bat over his head in a threatening manner. The victim, whose name police omitted from their reports, then jumped out of his car with the motor still running.
The victim told police that Kalish, still in her vehicle, sped up and drove at him, “in an attempt to run him down.”
As to why she and her companion the law into their own hands, Kalish reportedly told police, “you guys never catch anybody or do anything about it,” according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.