Two would-be car thieves are behind bars after trying to steal a vehicle but the lesson was learned by the victim who decided to fight back.
The victim is 19-year-old Alberto Oregon. He should have called police and he knows that now. Oregon carries a scar that reminds him just how fortunate he is.
“I'm lucky to be here,” he said.
Alberto was working when two men tried to steal his car from the Hy-Vee parking lot near 35th and L. The teenager didn't think. He confronted the men and got into a fist fight.
He said, “It’s crazy what I did. I did that ‘cause it’s my hard-earned money.”
Alberto didn’t notice that one of the men had a knife. He was cut in the forehead and in the back of the neck, taking about a dozen stitches and scaring his mother, Maira, to death.
She said, “Yesterday, in the hospital, I cry.”
Alberto is due to be a father in the spring. With his mother by his side, he now realizes how close his unborn child came to having to grow up without her dad.
“I just really have to grow up and really start thinking about the consequences,” he said.
Alberto says the two men trashed his car but they didn't get away with the crime. Police booked two suspects.
Troy Dinius is booked for theft from a vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and felony theft by receiving. Justin Alonzi was booked for theft from a vehicle, felony assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and obstructing.
Alberto knows that material things can be replaced and if he had it to do all over again, he would call police and let them do their job.