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Malvern area farmer chases off intruders with a shotgun


August 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One of three men who allegedly tried to burglarize a rural home northwest of Malvern, late Wednesday night, received a round of birdshot in his rear, from a farmer who didn’t take kindly to their intruding on his property. Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos says the incident took place at around 10:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Goos says 30-year old Miguel Martinez, of Council Bluffs was shot in the rear, outside of the home, while attempting to flee. His wounds were not believed to be life threatening. Goos says Martinez, 19-year old Patrick Hover, of Council Bluffs, were charged with aiding and abetting a burglary, and 33-year old Yosvani Galindo, of Omaha, faces a charge of burglary. All three were being held in jail on $10,000 bond each. If convicted on the felony charges, the men would spend up to 10-years in jail.

The Sheriff says Hover is believed to have been the “wheelman” for the trio. It’s not clear if Martinez actually set foot in the home. One of the men allegedly kicked-in a door to the residence. The action awoke the unidentified farmer, who chased the men away from the scene. Two of the men fled on foot. They were arrested by deputies, with the aid of an Omaha Police Helicopter. Hover, who was driving a 1995 green Chevy pickup, was pulled over and arrested a short time later.

Sheriff Goos said the farmer’s actions were under investigation, but he was not arrested.