War is not for the faint of heart, and to make sure they can stay calm in any situation, soldiers go through months of training that pushes them to their physical and emotional limits.
So when a soldier saw that his wife’s life was at risk on what should have been a quiet night at home, he knew exactly what to do to save her and didn’t think twice about doing it…
A Quiet Night In
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 45-year-old Rebekah Quema and her husband, 36-year-old Dario Miranda, were having a relaxing night in at their home in the 7500 block of Netherland Drive in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The couple cherished those quiet nights in together since Dario, an active-duty Fort Bragg soldier would often spend months away from home on the other side of the world during his deployments. For the couple, quality time together was all they could ask for…
An Unsuspecting Victim
The night had started out like any other night at home. They ate dinner together and spent the rest of the evening relaxing. However, at around 10 p.m., the night took a terrifying and completely unexpected turn, which had Rebekah’s life flashing before her eyes.
An Evening Smoke
At around 10 in the evening, Rebekah stepped outside of their home to smoke a cigarette, which she often did to keep the cigarette smoke from getting into the home and making the rooms smell. However, that was just about the last ‘normal’ thing to happen that night…
While standing right outside her house, Rebekah explained that a middle-aged man approached her and claimed to be looking for a girl. Rebekah didn’t think anything was strange about the question but became uneasy when he got closer to her.
A Seemingly Innocent Question
“This guy, he comes to me, he says, ‘I’m looking for a girl named Jasmine,” Rebekah said about the stranger. “And then he stopped right in front of me and said, ‘Do you have an extra cigarette?’” Without hesitating, Rebekah grabbed a cigarette from her pocket…
“And I handed him an extra cigarette and then pulled out a gun on me,” said Rebekah. While pressing the gun against Rebekah’s head, her life flashed before her eyes and she could barely think when he said he was going to take all her money.
With the black handgun pressed to her head, the man demanded that she bring him into the house and give him all her money. If she didn’t comply with his demands, he threatened to shoot her and end her life. With no other choice, Rebekah slowly opened the front door…
Out Of Options
The man pushed the woman inside and kept the gun pointed at her head the entire time. The man knew Rebekah had no way of defending herself and would have no choice but to hand over all of her valuables if she wanted to walk away with her life.
What the robber didn’t realize, however, was that Rebekah hadn’t been home alone when he decided to threaten her life and rob her. Upstairs, Rebekah’s soldier husband was quietly grabbing his own weapon so he could sneak up on his wife’s attacker…
The Noise Of A Struggle
According to Rebekah’s husband, Dario, he had been upstairs in their bedroom when Rebekah had gone outside to smoke before they started to get ready for bed. However, a few minutes later, he heard what sounded like a struggle outside.
Following His Instinct
Dario peered out the window of their bedroom and saw a middle-aged stranger talking to his wife. He watched as the man pulled out the black handgun and press it against Rebekah’s head. Thanks to his training, Dario didn’t panic. Instead, he instinctively grabbed his own weapon…
Responding Like A Soldier
“The husband picked up his own weapon, discovered the suspect was attempting to force his wife into the residence and observed the suspect holding what appeared to be a black handgun,” the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit reported.
Cries For Help
“Her husband happened to be upstairs when he heard the commotion downstairs because she was saying ‘please don’t shoot me,’” said Donna Quiles, the property manager of the apartment buildings where the couple lived…
As the man forced Rebekah into their home, Dario quietly descended the stairs and aimed his gun at his wife’s attacker. When the robber realized that they weren’t alone in the house, he pointed his weapon straight at Dario.
As soon as the attacker pointed his gun at Dario, the soldier fired his weapon and shot the man before he could shoot him. Rebekah immediately grabbed the phone and called 911 to report what had happened just seconds before…
The 911 Call
“He pulled out a gun on me and my husband shot him,” Rebekah told the 911 dispatcher as she was going into shock. Police arrived at the home shortly after and found the robber as the couple had said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Identifying The Attacker
After taking statements from both Dario and Rebekah about what happened earlier that night, they managed to identify the man as 51-year-old Jerome A. Allen who lived in a house just under 7.5 miles away…
Examining The Weapon
“During the course of the investigation FPD Detectives determined the weapon in possession of the suspect was a pellet gun, which shoots metal pellets and had the appearance of a real handgun,” the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit reported.
A Fool’s Errand
Police opened an investigation, but Dario was never charged as the shooting was self-defense. “Military people around here, they’re gonna have guns,” said property manager Donna Quiles. “You can’t just go knock on a door and expect not to be met with a gun when you know that the military lives here. And I support anybody who carries a gun to protect themselves.”