Only in Florida: 80-Year-Old Shoots 73-Year-Old Armed Robber

Julio Perez-Delgado armed robbery

Courtesy Hialeah Police

You’ve heard it a thousand times. “God created men and Sam Colt made them equal.” In other words, a firearm allows a smaller, weaker, slower or older individual to defend him or herself when attacked by someone younger, stronger and faster.

Case in point: 80-year-old Ernesto Del Monte of south Florida. He was getting into his car last week when he was approached by a younger man who pepper-sprayed him and demanded his money.

That’s when Del Monte drew the gun he was carrying and shot Julio Perez-Delgado. Repeatedly.

As the Miami Herald reports . . .

Riddled with bullets, Perez-Delgado took off. Police eventually found him about a half-mile away after receiving a call of a man down with multiple gunshot wounds in front of 1910 West 56th St.

Remember that Florida is home to the nation’s oldest population.

Which might explain (along with those gunshot wounds) why Perez-Delgado didn’t get too far before Hialeah police chased him down.

The young punk was hospitalized and was reportedly in critical condition. He’s also been charged with attempted armed robbery and burglary with battery. His days of preying on older Floridians have probably come to an end.


  1. avatar Someone says:

    So, Del Monte shot Delgado, huh.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Isn’t that delightful!

  2. avatar Nanashi says:

    “in front of 1910 West 56th St.”

    So close. Just one address away from making this story perfect.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Yep, or 1911 West 45th street would’ve been amazing.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      1911 was across the street.

  3. avatar jwm says:

    Never fuck with an old man. He’ll just shoot you and let the cops sort it.

    1. avatar David Walters says:

      I”m an old guy and appreciated your comment. But I won’t affirm it because one day I may have to explain my affirmation.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    How old was the gun?

    1. avatar UpInArms says:

      It was a Colt Dragoon.

      1. avatar jwm says:


  5. avatar Grumpster says:


    I wonder how much training he had beyond:

    — Draw pistol
    — Point at attacker
    — Shoot until he goes down and no longer is a threat.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Life was his trainer. You don’t get to 80 by being weak.

    2. avatar David Walters says:

      Hmmm. I thought that was exactly the drill? Am I wrong?

    3. avatar Ton E says:

      James Yeager would disagree with you…..

  6. avatar Steven King says:

    Why the phuk does it have to be “ONLY in Fl”? Stuff your stupid story that shit could and probably does happen any where… Funny thing I never heard anything about this and unless he is an illegal why the hell would a 70 year old man be trying to pull an armed robbery, especially in Fl where over half the adult non-felon legal citizens have a CCP I’ve heard of dumb asses bringing a knife to a gunfight but pepper spray? (yes pepper spray is considered a weapon in Fl).. Yeah, Fl does have the countries oldest population, but remember most of us are armed…..

      1. avatar Steven King says:

        So, there is no reference to Ca man, or Chicago man or whatever man… how the hell does that make it ONLY in Fl… Wonder how many gunfights have occurred between “old” men in Tx.. And if Wikipedia is your go to you should rethink your sources.. You do know that anyone can enter anything anywhere in there and actually change shit and pass it off as fact… I don’t have a problem with your little story, it’s your title that offends me as a 70 year old Florida Man…

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          Cool your jets. It’s called a “meme” and this plays right into it. It’s a joke.

        2. avatar rtw1951 says:

          Take a pill, Steve.

        3. avatar Geoff "It's always good to turn a troll into a fun punch-toy" PR says:

          ” I don’t have a problem with your little story,…”

          While you just said, one comment earlier, :

          “Stuff your stupid story that shit could and probably does happen any where…”

          You *lied*. You did have a problem with Dan Z’s story, Steve-O.

          Why do you stick around, anyways? TTAG obviously isn’t your ‘cup of tea’…

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Okay… it’s a bit of a joke there.

      As the man said, “You’re not wrong. Steven, you’re just an asshole”

      1. avatar Steven King says:

        But I.m a proud asshole

        1. avatar jwm says:

          What the fuck can you say to that? Except, Florida Man!

    2. avatar Full Otto says:

      If you’re not a Floridian you don’t understand.

      1. avatar Steven King says:

        Lived in Florida since 1982, over half my life basically just to be able to ride damn near every day without concerns over black ice or being snowed in for three or four months every year…

  7. avatar Imayeti says:

    Don’t put either in prison! Prison = Gated community, 24/7 armed security, 3 meals/day, gym church library infirmary all in walking distance. It’s a vacation spot!

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      And don’t forget the free health and dental care.

      EDIT – My bad, you mentioned infirmary…

  8. avatar Truckman says:

    just because you are old don,t mean your out I knew a man who fathered his last son when he was close to 75 by a much younger woman and she had one a few years early by him and you could look at them and tell they were his because as the old saying goes he marked them well The girl was married to him and he had no money or anything they lived in a wood frame house on maybe 4 acres of land

  9. avatar Sean G./The Rookie says:

    He looks kinda like Bob Rebadow from the old HBO prison drama OZ

  10. avatar Some dude says:

    Where Julio is going is probably better than a nursing home… He need only hope that the sentence is long enough!

    It might have been smarter to rob a bank…

  11. avatar PMinFL says:

    He was probably there when Sam Colt made his first revolver.

  12. avatar Armed Partisan says:

    “Grumpy Old Men 3: The Final Chapter”

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