Accused burglar is rushed to hospital after being ‘punched in the face by a homeowner during a violent robbery in Florida’
- Mark Katsnelson was left battered and bruised after allegedly breaking into a Miami home on Saturday night
- The accused felon tried to tussle with homeowner, Barry Sands, who valiantly fought back during the violent invasion
- Sands punched Katsnelson in the face several times before calling 911
- Katsnelson was treated for facial injuries at a nearby hospital before being charged with burglary with assault or battery
A Florida man has ended up in hospital after being punched in the face while allegedly trying to break into a suburban home.
Mark Katsnelson, 35, has been charged with burglary with assault or battery in relation to the home invasion which took place in Miami over the weekend.
A mug shot of Katsnelson – taken after he was rushed to the emergency room – shows the accused felon with injuries he sustained when the defensive homeowner fought back to thwart the robbery.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by local police, Barry Sands was sleeping in his home around 10 pm on Saturday night when he heard what sounded like an ‘hysterical female banging on the front door of the residence, asking for help’.
Mark Katsnelson was left battered and bruised after allegedly breaking into a Miami home on Saturday night
When Sands opened the door, he was greeted by a man police now believe was Katsnelson, who pushed his way inside the home.
Authorities claim Katsnelson proceeded to attack Sands, who ended up with a cut on his lip and toe.
However, Sands valiantly fought back, punching Katsnelson several times in the face before calling 911.
The accused robber was arrested a short time later, before being transported to Jackson North Medical Center to be treated for his facial injuries.
In his mugshot, Katsnelson is battered and bruised, sporting a black eye and several deep scratches across his face.
It also appears he suffered a broken nose during his tussle with Sands, who police say was acting in self-defense.
After being treated for his injuries, Katsnelson was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where he was charged.
He currently remains behind bars and no bond has been set.
Katsnelson was transported to Jackson North Medical Center (pictured) to be treated for his facial injuries