Archive for January, 2009

Louisiana: Armed home owner helps police capture alleged car thief

January 30, 2009

Lafayette, Louisiana

From the Daily Advertiser of January 27, 2009

Armed home owner helps police capture alleged car thief

Lafayette Police officers arrested an alleged armed car thief after they say a homeowner helped capture the man.

The suspect, Joseph Noel, 25, of Lafayette, was arrested and faces charges of resisting an officer, flight from an officer, carjacking, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a felon and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

The happened Monday around 8:34 p.m. when Noel, wearing a Halloween mask, allegedly approached a victim in the 100 block of Fairway Street and took possession of his vehicle at gunpoint.

After the suspect sped from the area, the victim immediately contacted the police.

A police later spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Eraste Landry Road.

When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Noel continued to speed to elude capture.

The suspect was followed onto the 300 block of Strasburg, where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck a vehicle parked in a yard.

The suspect exited the vehicle and was pursued by the officer on foot.

The officer lost sight of the suspect, but received information that a black male armed with a gun had forced open the door at a residence in the 200 block of Strasburg.

The home owner observed Noel inside of the residence and immediately armed himself.

While the suspect attempted to remove clothing, the home owner was able to hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

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Maine: Kennebunk homeowners thwart would-be burglars by scolding, firing a shotgun

January 30, 2009

Kennebunk, Maine

From the Sea Coast Online of January 29, 2009

Kennebunk homeowners thwart would-be burglars by scolding, firing a shotgun

Quick thinking on the part of a Heath Road couple kept what police say was a late-night burglary at their home from turning into a tragedy.

The frightening ordeal began around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Judie Martel awoke to hear pounding on her front door.

“My first thought was, ‘Is that thunder?'” she said. “The windows were rattling.”

Running from the couch where she had fallen asleep watching TV, Martel arrived at the door in time to see it splinter and a strange man step through.

“He was as surprised to see me as I was to see him,” Martel said.

She described the intruder as “baby-faced” and “out of it,” and said she did the first thing that came to mind: she scolded him.

“I said, ‘It’s 2 o’clock in the morning! You need to go home to bed!'” she said. “I scolded him like a mother would.”

Then she pushed him back out the door and closed it as best she could.

Looking out the window, Martel could see the man had what she described as a bag of tools with him. And instead of going home, he was headed around to the attached barn.

“I knew the kitchen door was unlocked,” she said. “So I had to decide if I should run and lock it, or go get my husband.”

Martel decided to head upstairs and wake her husband, John. Her next priority was calling 911.

John Martel had slept through everything up until that point.

“I’m a Vietnam vet, so I sleep with a white noise machine,” he said. “When she woke me I grabbed my shotgun and the one shell I keep in the house.”

Running out the kitchen door, John Martel saw that the man had broken into the barn and was heading toward the house. When the man saw John raise the gun, he turned to run.

“I was going to shoot to kill,” Martel said. “But I’ve had enough of killing. I shot over his head and he ran up the road.”

Shortly after, officers from the Kennebunk Police Department arrived on the scene and the man, Sean Barker, 24, of Richmond, was arrested.

Police said the man was attempting to enter a nearby Summer Street residence when they found him.

Kennebunk police called in the Maine State Police and a K-9 unit from Wells, which quickly located a backpack, according to Kennebunk’s Lt. Tony Burpee. Police found an ID for a second man spotted tracks in the snow leading.

At the same time, Burpee said, several residents nearby had called 911 to report two men running through the woods behind their homes.

Officers followed the tracks back to a Summer Street residence where they discovered Eric Wallace, 22, of Topsham, Burpee said. Police said the house belonged to Wallace’s mother.

The two men had been drinking to celebrate Barker’s 24th birthday, Burpee said, and claimed they had mistaken the Heath Road house for Wallace’s mother’s Summer Street home.

But Burpee said it was clear there was no case of simple mistaken identity.

John Martel said it was clear from the footprints in the snow that both men had circled the homes on either side of them before deciding on his home.

“The other two have alarms,” he said, believing his un-alarmed house looked like an easier target. He called the alleged would-be burglars “pros.”

“They had a tool bag,” he said, adding that Barker used a tool to cut through the wood of the door, “and a big, huge backpack to put stuff in.”

Burpee said both men also had police records.

Barker had a 2007 conviction for theft in Livermore Falls, he said.

Wallace faced several theft convictions out of the Bath/Brunswick area in 2005, Burpee said, including burglary of a motor vehicle and a conviction for allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol.

Burpee said Wallace also had a 2006 conviction for unlawful furnishing of a scheduled drug.

Both men were on Saturday charged with one count of felony burglary and sent to York County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail each. Both are scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court in Alfred on March 9.

As for the Martels, they’ve since had their door repaired and installed new deadbolts. The couple also is considering the installment of an alarm system, guard dog or both, Judie Martel said.

While both called their ordeal frightening, they said they learned a lot from the response from police.

“We couldn’t ask for a more wonderful police station than we’ve got,” John Martel said. “You don’t know until something like this happens.”

Judie Martel said she’s trying to put the incident behind her, looking not at the crime itself but what she considers the positive outcome.

“We were very, very blessed,” she said.

That’s the social worker in his wife, John Martel said, always willing to believe the best of people. He’s finding it hard not to imagine what could have happened, and the very different outcome they could’ve had.

“If they had harmed her,” he said, “I wouldn’t have shot in the air.”

Georgia: Juliette man defends home from invasion

January 30, 2009

Juliette, Georgia

From the Macon.com of January 29, 2009

Juliette man defends home from invasion

Marvin Bowdoin was sitting at his desk when the “cat bandit” kicked in his kitchen door Tuesday night, he said.

It was shortly after 9 p.m.

The 67-year-old Juliette grocer said he and his wife arrived at their residence on Juliette Road just in time to watch the last 30 minutes of “American Idol.” It had been a late closing at the family’s general merchandise store, Bowdoin’s Grocery.

The husband and wife finished the TV show. Then he left her in the den, walked down the hall to his office and started to sort through the day’s business receipts.

“She hadn’t made supper but she stayed in that room for some reason,” Bowdoin said Wednesday from his popular Juliette store, known for fishing tackle and tender cuts of beef.

“When I sat down, I heard that door crash open for some reason and I knew someone was in the house.”

Bowdoin said within seconds the intruder had gone from the kitchen to the dining room and nearly to the foyer with a shotgun in hand.

That’s where Bowdoin stopped the bandit — firing two shots from his .22 Magnum revolver.

“I tried to do my best to protect my family,” he said.

“This weapon was in my pocket. I tote a weapon every day of my life. It’s never away from me at any point. It’s some mean folks out there.”

The invader, not injured, fell to the floor before standing up and running back into the kitchen and out of the home. Bowdoin didn’t chase the person or keep firing.

Dressed head to toe in dark clothing, Bowdoin said he couldn’t tell a thing about the person’s appearance. They exchanged no words.

“I’m guessing it was a he, and he was short,” Bowdoin said.

The neighborhood grocer said had he used one of his three other firearms, he might have made a more precise shot.

“I’m just glad me and my wife are alive,” he said.

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Father Shoots Son In Self-Defense

January 30, 2009

Oak Grove, Alabama

From the January 16, 2009 Birmingham News:

An Oak Grove man shot his son late Wednesday after authorities say the son attacked his mother with a broomstick and then stabbed his girlfriend.

Colter Roberts, 21, was in stable condition at UAB Hospital with two wounds from his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, said Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Randy Christian.

Deputies received a 911 hang-up call from a home on Camp Oliver Road just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The dispatcher tried to call the number but got no answer. While deputies were en route, someone called back, screaming that a father had to shoot his son who was attacking the family, Christian said.

Investigators say Colter Roberts had first attacked his 48-year-old mother with his fists and then beat her with the broomstick. He then went after his 30-year-old girlfriend with a knife.

Colter Roberts’ 7-year-old sister was in the home, but not injured, Christian said.

Colter Roberts then ran from the kitchen into a hallway with a knife, screaming that he was going to kill everyone in the house. He also used the knife to slash the walls of the hallway and headed into the bedroom where his father was sleeping.

Van Roberts, 48, tried to talk to his son, but told police his efforts were unsuccessful. He described his son as “a madman running at him with a knife, screaming,” Christian said.

Van Roberts grabbed his shotgun and warned his son, but the son failed to drop the knife. Van Roberts fired one shot, striking his son in the arm.

Colter Roberts continued with the attack, and his father fired another shot, striking him in the torso, Christian said. Colter Roberts has a history of drug abuse and violence, Christian said.

Colorado: No Charges to Be Filed Against Colorado Man Who Shot Intruder

January 29, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colorado

From Fox News of January 28, 2009

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A Colorado Springs resident will not be charged for fatally shooting an intruder who tried to break into a home that he apparently thought was his, prosecutors said Tuesday.

James Parsons is protected under Colorado’s “Make My Day” law, which allows people to use deadly force in self-defense in their home against intruders, according a statement from the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Parsons shot 22-year-old Sean Kennedy, an assistant golf pro at a Colorado Springs golf course, on Dec. 28. Kennedy had been drinking that night and apparently thought he was breaking into his own house, which was a block away.

Police handed over the case to the district attorney’s office, which determined Parsons had “reasonable belief” that he and his girlfriend were in danger.

Prosecutors said Kennedy broke a window in the back door and was reaching inside to unlock it. Two dogs inside barked persistently as the couple shouted for him to leave. The ordeal lasted more than four minutes.

“A reasonable person in those circumstances would have believed that [Kennedy] was going to do a crime against them or property,” said newly elected District Attorney Dan May, who oversaw the review of the shooting.

Kennedy had been drinking at a Colorado Springs golf course, and his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving in Colorado when he pulled up to the Parsons’ house in his pickup truck, The Gazette newspaper reported.

Friends and family members believe Kennedy thought he had arrived at his own home, which he shared with roommates.

He got out of his pickup and began shouting and beating on Parsons’ door.

“[Kennedy] continued to beat and pound on the door, during which time the resident told his girlfriend to call 911, and he went into the bedroom to get his gun, a revolver,” the DA’s office said.

Kennedy went to the back of the house, forced open a screen door, smashed a window and was reaching to unlock the deadbolt, investigators said. Parsons then shot at him three times.

Two bullets went through Kennedy’s arm and into his torso, May said.

Missouri: Intruder who was shot by homeowner is charged

January 29, 2009

Clay County, Missouri

From the Kansas City Star of January 26, 2009

Intruder who was shot by homeowner is charged

Clay County authorities today charged a 40-year-old man who was shot after he allegedly forced his way into a Clay County home last week.

George R. England Jr. of Imperial, Mo., faces one count of first-degree burglary for the incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 12000 block of Missouri 92, just west of Kearney.

Bond was set at $75,000, and England remains hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said this afternoon.

A 48-year-old woman inside the residence dialed 911 to report a disturbance in progress. The woman said an unknown man drove up to the residence, stood outside the front door and began yelling, according to court records.

“Come out here,” England is accused of yelling to the homeowner. “You know me, I’m Animal.”

As the woman was speaking with 911 dispatchers, England allegedly forced open the front door and began to walk inside. At that point, the caller’s 44-year-old husband confronted the intruder and shot him with a handgun, court records said.

Authorities arrived a short time later and transported England to the hospital.

Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said today that no criminal charges are being considered against the 44-year-old homeowner who shot England.

“The homeowner in this instance acted with remarkable restraint,” said White. “He ensured the safety of his family, repeatedly advised England that England was neither his friend nor acquaintance, only shot when England forced open the front door of the residence.”

The homeowner’s wife and two school-age children were at the home at the time of the incident. No other injuries were reported. Authorities think the intruder was highly intoxicated.

Michigan: Business owner shoots would-be robber

January 29, 2009

Auburn, Michigan

From WJRT of January 21, 2009

Business owner shoots would-be robber

A Bay County man went to great lengths to protect himself and his business Wednesday night after two people tried to rob him.

It happened just after 7 p.m. in the village of Auburn at Evergreen Insurance on Midland Road.

Police say the suspects wore masks when they tried to make their way inside. The business owner shot one suspect, and the other is still on the loose.

The suspects were believed to be armed. A suspect vehicle was located. Police say they believe the suspect that left the vehicle is on foot.

Ohio: Police: Homeowner Strangles Intruder

January 28, 2009

Cleveland, Ohio

From MSNBC of January 25, 2009

Police: Homeowner Strangles Intruder

Police are investigating a case involving a homeowner strangling a man to death on the city’s southeast side.

Officials said Johnathan Parson, 22, died while struggling with a homeowner of a residence on East 127th Street.

Police said Parsons and another man entered the duplex at about 2 a.m. One of them had a gun. It’s unclear which one, however.

The homeowner who lived in the residence with his girlfriend and young child managed to get the shotgun and fight off one of the intruders.

The homeowner said he found Parsons in a room assaulting his girlfriend.

No charges have been filed.

Indiana: Suspected robber dies in liquor store shooting

January 28, 2009

Fort Wayne, Indiana

From WSJV of January 22, 2009

Suspected robber dies in liquor store shooting

Fort Wayne police are investigating a shooting at a liquor store that left a suspected robber dead and a store clerk wounded.

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Beverage on the city’s south side.

Police spokesman Mike Joyner says the store employee was shot in the leg and was hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday night.

Police say the robbery suspect entered the store and demanded money. When police arrived, they found him lying in the middle of the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joyner says the shots were fired inside the building. He says the suspect was armed with a handgun, which was found at the scene.

The names of the robbery suspect and store employee were not immediately released.

Arizona: Apparent robber shot dead at store

January 28, 2009

Tuscon, Arizona

From the Arizona Star of January 27, 2009

Apparent robber shot dead at store

An employee at a South Side convenience store shot and killed one of two men trying to rob the store Monday and was himself wounded in the brief shootout, police said.

Two men walked into the Grand Market, in the 6200 block of South Sixth Avenue, sometime before 5:30 p.m., said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

They shot at an employee, a man in his early 50s, who fired back, Robinson said.

The employee shot one of the would-be-robbers, an 18-year-old, who ran outside into the parking lot where he collapsed and died. The other robber ran away, and police are still looking for him, Robinson said.

The employee was also shot. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Robinson said.

Witnesses described the missing suspect as in his mid-20s to early 30s. He was wearing a black-and-white football jersey and a red bandanna, Robinson said.

Margarita Grajeda lives in the area and drops into the Grand Market from time to time.

Grajeda wasn’t surprised that someone could get shot trying to rob the market. She said the store had been robbed before, and it was only a matter of time before someone at the store was forced to shoot.

“I knew somebody was going to get shot someday,” she said.

As for the store owners, she said she hoped they were all right.

“They’re such nice people. So nice,” she said.