Florida man booted from Hooters before bizarre residential rampage thwarted by armed homeowner: cops

A Florida man accused of sabotaging a Hooters restaurant before attempting to break into a Lee County home was arrested after the homeowner fired at the man, police said.

Hugh McMenamin, 44, was arrested last week after trying to break into a Cape Coral home and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, according to local media. According to a police report, McMenamin is suspected of refusing to leave a Hooters restaurant early last Friday evening and causing a disturbance before targeting and breaking into a local home, Wink News reported. Reported.

McMenamin reportedly approached a home in Cape Coral, knocked down part of the 6-foot-tall fence surrounding the property, and then kicked in the front door.

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Hugh McMenamin, 44, was arrested earlier this month in Florida after attempting to break into a home, police said. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

During the attempted home invasion, McMenamin allegedly dropped his mother’s debit card in the driveway of the property.

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Hooters location in Cape Coral, Florida. (Google Maps)

Mr McMenamin also tried to break into the house through a window.

However, the homeowner was armed and fired at the suspect, Wink News reported. He was arrested a short time later and charged with criminal mischief, criminal damage to property and trespassing on an occupied structure, according to Lee County show booking records.

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Lee County Jail, Florida. (Google Maps)

McMenamin is accused of causing approximately $3,000 in damage to the home, Wink News reported.

Arrest records show McMenamin had been arrested several times before this year, including last June for a parole violation and in 2021 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


He remained in police custody as of Sunday. Fox News Digital reached out to the Cape Coral Police Department on Sunday for additional comment on the arrest.



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