Three in jail after intruder injured June 25, 2007 By Theresa Schmidt Lauri Benoit of Moss Bluff is upset and angry because her son and his two roommates were arrested and taken to jail after beating an intruder who allegedly took $180 out of their wallets and 2 packs of cigarettes. "I think it is terribly unfair. We should have the right to defend our own home. If somebody comes in our home they're taking the chances of getting beat up, shot or whatever. All of our rights are being taken away. The money that was stolen out of my son's wallet was his child support." Benoit says the intruder was an acquaintance and entered through an unlocked door of their apartment. Still,she says her son and the others were justified in their actions. "They're under arrest for second degree battery for defending their home. They're under arrest and this boy is walking free." However Calcasieu Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory says force is allowed only to the extent necessary to protect life and property. "The law says you have a right to defend yourself and your property but it doesn't say you have the right to just beat somebody unmercifully. You're to detain them and call the police. Well, that never happened in this case." He says the alleged thief went to the hospital. "He suffered possibly a broken nose, broken arm, swollen eye, busted lip, lacerations to the eye." And Guillory points out taking the law into your own hands can lead to serious trouble. "The law doesn't give you the right to carry out vigilante justice." At last word, all three men arrested remained in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Guillory says the young man allegedly beaten was not arrested initially so that he could seek medical treatment. But guillory says he will be booked for theft under $500.