Intruder choked woman inside DeLand home, deputies say

By Kristin Giannas, Reporter,
Daniel Dahm, Managing Editor of,
Published On: May 13 2014 02:51:48 PM EDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 06:30:49 PM EDT

Volusia deputies say a woman awakened by an intruder inside her home was choked by the man before ...

DeLAND, Fla. -

A sleeping woman awakened by an intruder inside her DeLand home was choked by the man before neighbors helped detain him, according to sheriff's deputies.

[LISTEN:  911 call released in home invasion]

Sujheil Burgado was sleeping on her couch, her two boys in their rooms, when a man broke in and started choking her.

"I thought I was gonna die, I thought this man was going to kill me, that's what I thought," she said.

Guillermo Mancio-Zambia, 22, was arrested on charges of burglary with assault/battery and possession or use of narcotics and paraphernalia.

"He came straight to grab me by my neck, that was the first thing he did," said Burgado, "he didn't do nothing else but that- and that just show me either he was looking to kill somebody or to take advantage of me."

Burgado fought back and managed to push him out the front door.

She says her neighbors heard her screams and came to her rescue.

"I need the police right now. I was asleep and this man came in my house and grabbed me," she said to a 911 operator. "He's outside fighting with everybody."

Burgado says she doesn't know Mancio-Zambia, and has never seen him before.

Deputies said Mancio-Zambia appeared to be under the influence of drugs and had difficulty standing.

The Sheriff's Office said none of the members of the crowd wanted to cooperate and left the scene shortly after deputies arrived.

Mancio-Zambia was found with a glass pipe possibly used to smoke crack cocaine, according to deputies.

Mancio-Zambia was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where a judge placed him on a "no bond" status.


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