Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer William Moore is happy to report that none of the victims of a home invasion was seriously injured in a late-night incident in a Lake Worth Home in the early hours of March 9. According to police, Carlyle Blackburn allegedly broke into a home at 217 South D Street, getting in through a window. He attempted to attack a 68-year-old woman who lived in the home. She was sleeping in her bed when Blackburn allegedly broke into the home.
According to law enforcement officials in Broward County, Blackburn met up with the family’s large and powerful dog before he could get to the lady. The Catahoula Leopard dog, which was described as “a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger” than a German Shepherd, a breed known for its strength and, at times, ferocity. The dog held up Blackburn and all of the noise woke up the older woman’s adult son, who resides in the home with her. Broward criminal defense lawyer Moore says this was a fortunate development.
The son, Jim Mampe, is a big guy and he is protective of his mother. At 6’5” and about 300 pounds, Mampe used to work as a bouncer, a job that got him into some tough scrapes. As a result, he was feeling tough enough to take down the intruder. Although Blackburn allegedly tried to stab Mampe with a screwdriver – possibly a tool he intended to use as a weapon in a sexual assault – Blackburn held fast, holding the attacker around the throat. He turned the screwdriver on the man who allegedly brought it into his home. Mampe says the intruder begged for mercy, but he told Blackburn that he would “die tonight.” Mampe was able to call 911, bring Sheriff’s Deputies to the scene. Blackburn was charged with felony battery and will likely face additional criminal charges. Afterwards, Mampe described twisting the intruder’s throat and holding him down in his mother’s bedroom. “You could hear it cracking,” Mampe said, describing the sound of the man’s windpipe. At 5’9” and 145 pounds, Blackburn is far smaller than his successful opponent.
Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer Moore has learned that Blackburn has just recently left prison. In 1994, he was convicted of rape. As a result, he spent 15 years incarcerated and was only released earlier this year. Although the man was trying to enter a woman’s bedroom late at night, it is not clear that Blackburn was definitely trying to commit another rape, although the public details of the attack are not apparent enough at this time to draw a firm conclusion either way. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident.
Broward criminal lawyer William Moore has experience in all kinds of criminal defense, including sex crimes and DUI. A conviction for a felony or misdemeanor can have consequences on your freedom, your employment, and your personal life. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in the south Florida area, contact William Moore, P.A., which has offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.
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