Victim: Michael Vaughns
The accused: Manuel Molina

Michael_Vaughns

Michael Vaughns

Black male

Age at time: 16

Weapon: unarmed

 
Molina

Manuel Molina

Hispanic male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Home invasion

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

Location details: Street near burglary victim's home in Dade City, Pasco County, on July 05, 2006

What happened: Manuel Molina, 32, caught a teenage burglar breaking into his home. Michael Vaughns, 16, broke away, but Molina chased him in a pickup. When he caught up to Vaughns, he got out and began firing at him then held the gun to his head to force him into his car. He told the teen he was a police officer. Vaughns was not injured.

The outcome: Molina was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, kidnapping and falsely impersonating an officer but prosecutors did not pursue the charges.

Investigating agency: Dade City Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Dade City Police Department report, July 6, 2006.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 7, 2006. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013