If Only They Had A Gun

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

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Steven Hayes convicted in Petit murder case

Steven Hayes and a codefendant allegedly invaded the Petits’ Cheshire, CT, home around 3:00 AM on July 23, 2007, taking a husband, wife, and their daughters prisoner. At 9:00 AM, the intruders forced the wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to go to the bank and withdraw a large sum of money. She was reportedly able to alert a bank employee that her family was being held captive, but by the time police arrived at the house it was on fire. The suspects tried to flee, but crashed their getaway vehicle into two police cars that were part of a roadblock.William Petit, the husband, had been badly beaten, but managed to escape his home with severe head wounds and seek help at a neighbor’s house. Autopsies of Hawke-Petit and her daughters showed that Hawke-Petit was strangled and her daughters died of smoke inhalation. More information here.

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October 5th, 2010 at 6:10 pm





Elderly man beaten to death in his own home

An 82-year-old Seneca man who was found dead in his home last week was the victim of a homicide, the Oconee County coroner said today. An autopsy revealed that James Carver of 655 James Carver Drive died from blunt force head trauma and that he was slain, said the coroner, Karl E. Addis. Carver’s body was found in his bathroom Thursday around 6:15 p.m. He had been living alone. More information here.

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May 16th, 2010 at 7:04 pm





Murdered Florida Man May Have Been Victim of Mistaken Identity

Police believe they know why a 78-year-old Florida man was murdered: He was likely the victim of mistaken identity. Deputies reportedly arrested 21-year-old Robert Pascale for allegedly using a baseball bat to beat Hugh Edwards to death inside his home earlier this week, and believe Pascale may have mistaken Edwards for a sexual predator who lives in the area.Another man charged as an accessory to murder has reportedly been talking to police. More information here.

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May 14th, 2010 at 7:14 pm





Woman Jumps from Cliff to Escape from Rapist

Authorities say a man tried to sexually assault a Southern California jogger who escaped by jumping off a cliff. The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital Friday with cuts and bruises from the fall in Malibu. She told deputies she had finished a run at about noon at Point Dume State Beach and was standing at the edge of a cliff when she was grabbed from behind. She says she and the man struggled for several minutes before she was able to break away. That’s when the woman ran and jumped off the cliff. Deputies say the suspect then escaped in the woman’s Toyota Land Cruiser. More information here.

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March 13th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

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Moviegoer stabbed for complaining about another’s cell phone use

The California theater was packed for a 9 p.m. Saturday screening of the Martin Scorsese film when the moviegoer complained about a woman near him using a cellphone. The woman and two men with her left the theater. But sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said two men returned a few minutes later and stabbed the victim. “It was a vicious and cowardly attack,” Whitmore said. The victim, who was not identified, was hospitalized with serious wounds. Two other moviegoers who came to the victim’s aid were also hurt during the attack, officials said. More information here.

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March 12th, 2010 at 8:58 am





Joliet, IL man fatally stabbed while helping assault victim

Joliet, Illinois police say a 47-year-old man died of stab wounds today after coming to the aid of the victim in an alleged domestic battery incident. Police Chief Fred Hayes said officers found Reuben T. Abbott, 0-100 block of York Avenue, lying in a pool of blood on the front porch of a home on the 100 block of Nicholson Street at 4:04 a.m. Abbott, who was unresponsive, “had been stabbed in the back, stomach and neck,” Hayes said. More information here.

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March 8th, 2010 at 10:18 pm





NH Landlord Beaten to Death

Prosecutors allege a New Hampshire man obsessed with getting a Harley-Davidson motorcycle beat his landlord to death, assumed his identify, and then stole his pickup truck in order to trade it for a motorcycle.  It is alleged that Paul McDonald traded his landlord’s new truck for the motorcycle and an older truck before fleeing to Vermont, where he was reportedly arrested.  Wilcox was found dead in June 2008 in the basement of the Danville home where McDonald lived as his tenant, according to police. More information here.

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March 8th, 2010 at 9:11 pm





Woman Drugged, Gang Raped

One arrest has been made in connection with a woman who was drugged and gang-raped on Saturday morning in Soweto, Johannesburg police said. “The woman was at her home when a group of men took her and drugged her. They took her to a house in Dobsonville where they took turns raping her,” said police spokesman, Inspector Kay Makhubele. He said the woman had sustained head injuries and had bruises on her body. More information here.

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March 7th, 2010 at 3:45 pm





Bicyclist Stabbed in Concord

A bicyclist was stabbed by one of five men who attacked him in a residential neighborhood late Monday night, police said. Officers were called about 9:55 p.m. to the intersection of Tilson and Nicholas drives and found the 18-year-old man with stab wounds to his abdomen, said Cpl. James Carroll. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. More information here.

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February 9th, 2010 at 9:54 pm





Man Robbed and Beaten in Downtown Chicago Nightclub Bathroom

A man required hospitalization after he was beaten and robbed in the bathroom of a night club, on the 150 block of West Ontario Street in Chicago early today. The robbery appeared to be a random act, police reportedly said. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 5:51 pm





Bethany police looking for rape, kidnapping suspect

A manhunt is under way in Bethany as Bethany police, Oklahoma City police and US marshals look for a man accused of kidnapping, beating and raping a woman earlier today. Ivan Harrison, 22, is believed to have kidnapped a woman at gunpoint on N Rockwell Avenue in Oklahoma City at 4:30 p.m., said Bethany police Lt. Phillip Wise. More information here.

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April 6th, 2009 at 11:02 pm





man sentenced to 25 years for brutal beating of girlfriend and her father

On April 25, 2008, Armando Jacobo dropped off his girlfriend after a date that had ended with a fight. He later returned and began to beat and kick both his girlfriend and her father. With a tree branch, he ripped his girlfriend’s lip off her face and left her eyes swollen shut from the beating. Jacobo also beat and kicked the woman’s father when he tried to save his daughter, breaking the man’s ankle, knocking out some of his teeth, and causing him severe brain injuries. The judge called this “one of the most vicious attacks on two human beings I’ve ever seen.” Armando Jacobo, a 23 year old man from Joliet, plead guilty to attempted murder and aggravated battery on a senior citizen, and was sentenced to 25 years on those charges.  More information here.

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March 31st, 2009 at 2:51 pm





85 Year Old Rape Victim Says Ordeal was Worse than the Holocaust

An 85 year old woman in Rossmoor, California stated that the home invasion and brutal rape she suffered two years ago was a worse experience than the holocaust. Thee woman (who name is not given for privacy reasons) was 13 years old when the holocaust came to her native country of Czechoslovakia. Her parents and five siblings were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and she herself was beaten. A man who her parents had trusted to keep her safe was sexually abusive, and stole the little money that her mother had sewn into her jacket, before he abandoned her in the winter (without a jacket).

However, she told Superior Court Judge Daniel B. McNerney that an experience two years ago was even worse: She was confronted in her kitchen by a brutal home intruder. Her house was ransacked. Her life was threatened. The man beat her mercilessly. He kicked her when she was down. And he repeatedly sexually assaulted her in several rooms of her house. More information here.

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January 16th, 2009 at 5:21 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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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





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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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





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





Man robbed and pistol whipped during home invasion

A man who ran a barber shop out of his home in unincorporated Redwood City, CA was reportedly pistol-whipped and robbed Wednesday night. Gilardo Mendoza, 43, reportedly suffered a head wound after the incident at his home on the 500 block of Hurlingame Avenue in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood. More information here.

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October 3rd, 2008 at 1:26 pm





Man Admits to Rape and Home Invasion

Christopher Karls, a 24 year old male of Wayzata, MN allegedly admitted in court that he a 20-year-old woman who then leaping from her second-story apartment window wearing only a towel near the University of Minnesota after trying to fend off her attacker with a curling iron. Karls was reportedly previously convicted in 2002 for burglarizing an occupied dwelling in Stearns County. More information here.

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September 30th, 2008 at 8:47 am