Mom's nightmare: Son steals her car, ends up shot and arrested

Homeowner shoots teen trying to hide from police officers in his basement

MIAMI – Miami police officers said a father was in jail on Saturday after a dangerous crime spree with his 16-year-old son ended in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. 

The teen's mother, Gloria Castillo, told detectives that her son stole her black 2013 Nissan Altima on Thursday to pick up her dad from jail. 

About a day later, a Miami police officer spotted the stolen car and turned on the red and blue flashing lights. Miami Police Detective Kenia Fallat said they pulled them over outside of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School at 300 NW 28 Ave.


Vladimir Almaguer Sanchez, 45, another man and his son Alexander Rafael Sanchez, 16, took off running. Police officers set up a perimeter prompting a 30-minute school lockdown. 

Fallat said police officers caught up to Sanchez, 45, first. The teen ran faster than his dad and broke into a nearby home. But the 82-year-old homeowner was armed, and after hearing the noise he confronted the teen, who pushed him. 

"There was a scuffle," Fallat said. "The elderly man was forced to fire."

Alexander was limping away when police officers caught up to him too. His pants ended up falling when he was in handcuffs. 

Miami Fire Rescue took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with a non-life threatening injury to his buttocks. His dad was at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. 

Records show his dad was charged with grand theft of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was on probation for another charge of grand theft, insurance fraud over a staged accident and false insurance claims. 

The teen was facing charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. But because he was sitting at arm's length of the meth pipes and marijuana, he also faced charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

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Layron Livingston made the move from Ohio's Miami Valley to Miami, Florida, to join the Local 10 News team.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.