Calvin Kemp is a real estate agent in Florida.
Calvin Kemp, a 54-year-old man living in Pasco, Florida, had had enough. Vandals had rung his doorbell, banged on his garage door, thrown dirt, smashed his mailbox, looked into his windows and opened the valve on the propane tank of his outdoor grill. Two years ago, someone stuffed a piece of shirt into the gas tank of his Ford F-150 and lit it on fire. Luckily it did not explode.
One night, his doorbell rang. When he answered, nobody was there. He called the neighborhood's security guard. The second time his doorbell rang, his wife saw a silhouette on the porch. Again, nobody was there, so Mr. Kemp grabbed a wooden baseball bat and waited outside in the bushes.
Mr. Kemp saw three others approach in the darkness. He chased them, caught one, and hit him in the chest with a baseball bat. He was going to hit him again, but the intruder screamed, and Mr. Kemp stopped. He ordered him onto the porch, where Mr. Kemp tied his legs together so he couldn't escape while he called police.
Mr. Kemp had stopped them from ringing his doorbells, or worse. Mr. Kemp, 5 foot 10 inches tall, and weighing 240 pounds, wanted to stop these hooligans from harassing his family. He didn't want to be afraid of them any more and be held a prisoner in his own home.
The victim of Mr. Kemp's attack was bruised in the chest.
Also, the victim of the attack was a 12-year old boy.
The boy was 5 foot 3 inches tall, and weighed 110 pounds. His prankster accomplices were two friends, aged 13 and 15. There was no indication they were involved in the other acts.
Mr. Kemp, who has no prior arrests, was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment of a child under 13 years of age, and aggravated child abuse without great harm.
The majority of the comments about this story on two Florida news sites are in favor of his actions.
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