If Only They Had A Gun

Cases where a having a gun could have made all the difference

Archive for October, 2008

Home Invasion Shooting in Oak Lawn, IL

Four men are in police custody after the shooting of a man during a home invasion Thursday night in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Two armed men entered a home in the 4300 block of West 100th Street at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, realized they were in the wrong home and forced their way into a neighboring home, Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova reportedly said. They argued with and eventually shot a 38-year-old man in the head, Villanova reportedly said. More information here.

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October 31st, 2008 at 5:22 pm





Sentencing in Brutal Torture and Murder

A man who tortured and strangled his girlfriend three years ago was reportedly sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parol. Prosecutors reportedly said that Jack Henry Lewis, Jr used his hands, feet and a flashlight to beat Jan Hasegawa, 48, then strangled her because she refused to perform a sex act. Her nude body, covered with more than 150 bruises, was found in their Serra Mesa apartment on Sept. 8, 2005. “This was not only a senseless killing, it was a brutal and horrible act,” Superior Court Judge John Einhorn is reported to have said in court. More information here.

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October 26th, 2008 at 12:58 am

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Chicago Man Charged with Home Invasion and Stabbing

Kenneth Shaffer, 53, of the 1300 block of West 115th Street was reportedly charged Friday morning with home invasion and aggravated battery, according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. Shaffer is a convicted felon with a “lengthy” arrest record, according to O’Brien. Shaffer allegedly broke in, despite burglar bars, and attacked a woman was in her bedroom.  More information here.

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October 24th, 2008 at 5:58 pm





TV Anchorwoman Brutally Beaten in her Own Home

A Little Rock, AK TV anchorwoman was beaten in her home and left in critical condition. More information here.

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October 23rd, 2008 at 12:01 am





Mother Stabbed While Young Children Watch

Police in Michigan reportedly said that a man used an 8-inch knife to attack the 44-year-old woman, who had a protection order barring him from contacting her, as her young children watched. More information here.

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October 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 am





3 FL Residents Shot in Home Invasion

Two masked gunmen reportedly invaded a house and shot three people in Fort Myers, FL. The two criminals entered the home and demanded money from the residents, police say. Louis Roland, Jeane Louiseau and Genet Desta were reportedly shot during the robbery, according to police. More information here.

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October 21st, 2008 at 12:09 am





San Diego Woman Raped in Home Invasion

At least four people invaded a home in Redwood Village and raped a woman late Friday, resulting in a SWAT team standoff. More information here.

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October 20th, 2008 at 12:08 am





Bike Path Rape Suspect Arrested

Troy, New York police have reportedly arrested a man in connection with a rape on a bike path that took place over the summer. Stephen Pluff, 24, is reportedly facing several felony charges including rape and unlawful imprisonment. Police say a woman was riding her bike when a man riding in the opposite direction reached his arm out and knocked her down from her bike, raped her, then fled on his bike. More information here.

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October 18th, 2008 at 12:03 am

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6 Year Old Boy Kidnapped in Home Invasion

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Las Vegas boy kidnapped this morning during a home invasion and robbery, Las Vegas Police reportedly said. The child, Cole Puffinburger, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after 7 a.m The crime appears to be random, police said, adding that the mother didn’t know the men. More information here.

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October 16th, 2008 at 12:59 am





Chicago Mom and Child Injured Jumping From Window To Escape Home invader

A woman and her daughter were injured when they landed face first after jumping from a second floor window to escape an armed, masked, duct tape carrying home invader on Chicago’s south side. They jumped to escape the home invader, who they believed was going to kill them. More information here.

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October 15th, 2008 at 12:10 am





TX Woman Convicted in Quadruple Murders

Christine Paolilla, 22, was reportedly convicted in the deaths of her friends, Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell, both 18; and in the killings of Rowell’s boyfriend, Marcus Precella, 19; and his cousin, Adelbert Sanchez, 21. Prosecution witnesses have said the killings appeared to have been drug-related. More information here.

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October 14th, 2008 at 12:57 am

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NC Man Charged With Rape and Robbery

A Newton, North Carolina man was reportedly arrested and charged with robbing two convenience stores and raping an employee. Ronald Wayne Locklear, 26, of 115 Shady Lane was arrested by Fayetteville, NC Police after crashing in a police chase. More information here.

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October 13th, 2008 at 12:01 am

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4 Arrested on Home Invasion Charges

Police say that intruders smashed through sliding glass doors to get into a home, intending to assault someone they believed might be in the house. That person was not home, but police say the intruders smashed property, broke into a locked bedroom, and terrorized a resident before stealing property and fleeing. More information here.

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October 12th, 2008 at 12:04 am





GA Man Arrested for Multiple Rapes

Georgia police reportedly arrested Eric Foster on Saturday morning and charged him with two sexual assaults that allegedly occurred on Oct. 2 and again on Oct. 8. Police reportedly said he was later transferred to the Fulton County, GA jail, where he is charged with rape, kidnapping, and criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy. More information here.

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October 11th, 2008 at 5:04 pm





Suspect Arrested in Dade City Home Invasion and Sexual Assault

A criminal with a handgun reportedly forced his way into a woman’s Lake Avenue home in Dade City, FL early on April 21. He then reportedly made the woman perform a sexual act on him while he held the gun to her head, Dade City police said. Afterwards, he reportedly robbed the woman. Last month, police said, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab matched DNA from the scene to a man by the name of Mandarin Heshami Colbert, 30, whose last known address was 38344 Hampton Ave., Dade City, FL. Police reportedly arrested him on Wednesday when he arrived for a scheduled appointment with the Parole and Probation office. He is reportedly charged with home invasion robbery and sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and was held on $200,000 bail.  More information here.

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October 10th, 2008 at 12:23 am





Nantucket Woman Raped During Home Invasion

A Nantucket woman was sexually assaulted in the early morning when a man entered her home. This is the second such home invasion and sexual assault in a little over three months in the mid-island area. More information here.

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October 9th, 2008 at 12:46 pm





Woman’s throat slashed by criminal during violent home invasion

Police in Swansea, MA are searching for a criminal that forced his way into a home, and slashed a woman’s throat with a knife after she tried to call 9-1-1.  More information here.

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October 9th, 2008 at 12:43 am





Home invaders kill teen hiding in bedroom

Atlanta, GA police said three intruders forced their way into the home at night. Devontae Alexander Jones, a junior at Carver High School, tried to hide inside a bedroom, but was fatally shot in the head. The criminals also shot and killed the family’s dog. More information here.

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October 8th, 2008 at 12:01 am





NJ Man In Critical Condition After Home Invasion Shooting

A Pemberton Township, NJ man was reportedly shot by an intruder who broke into his home at approximately 2:30 a.m. The victim, Trashan Rushing, is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head that has reportedly left him in critical condition. His young children and other relatives were reportedly asleep in the home when three criminals who were wearing hoods and masks broke into the home and demanded money. More information here.

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October 7th, 2008 at 8:14 am





Disabled MS Man Required Surgery After Home Invasion

A disabled man is recovering from surgery to repair injuries suffered during a violent home invasion. An unknown man broke into Mike Lowe’s home on Stokes Robertson Road. The man tied up Lowe, hit him over the head with a wrench and stole petty cash and prescription medication. The blow to his shattered part of Lowe’s skull. More information here.

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October 6th, 2008 at 6:53 am