If Only They Had A Gun

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

Archive for the ‘beating’ tag

Fatal home invasion in Chicago

Christopher Jackson, 32, allegedly forcibly entered an ex-girlfriend’s home in Chicago’s Douglas Park neighborhood armed with a gun, police said. He allegedly fatally shot Gonzalez’s current boyfriend, Robert White, and stabbed Gonzalez several times, police said. An order of protection had previously been in effect. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 28th, 2008 at 8:14 am





Man Charged in Multiple VA Rapes

Derrick Gosnell, 25, of Spotsylvania, VA is reportedly charged with two counts of attempted rape, one count of sodomy and one count of abduction in Spotsylvania, said 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Sheriff’s Office. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 25th, 2008 at 6:13 am





Nearly Fatal KS Home Invasion

George McFarland, 50, of Topeka, KS and Glen Morris, 49, of Wichita, KS were reportedly arrested in connection with a home invasion and beating. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 24th, 2008 at 12:58 pm





Babysitter Accused in Armed Home Invasion

A baby sitter accused of taking part in an armed home invasion appeared in bond court on Monday morning. Janette Martinez, 22, and her boyfriend, Fernando Luis Gaston, are reportedy accused of invading an FL home and pistol-whipping the resident on Saturday night, whose 7 year old child she reportedly babysat. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 23rd, 2008 at 6:17 am





SC Home Invasion

Police are reportedly ooking for a suspect in a home invasion Wednesday in the Snowden, SC community. About 11:30 p.m., a resident opened his door after a knock and several people forced their way inside, said Sgt. Steve Meadows, police public information officer. The criminals reportedly tied up the man, fired a weapon into the ceiling, hit him several times in the head, and then demanded money. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 21st, 2008 at 8:17 am





Police Seek 2 Suspects in Violent Ohio Home Invasion

Police in Mercer and Lawrence Counties, Ohio are looking for two suspects in a violent home invasion. The crime occured on Friday on Mercer, OH. Police reports indicate that the victim was tied up and had a gash on his head. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 20th, 2008 at 6:54 am





One person injured in MN home invasion

Three criminals forced their way into an apartment on Stratford Lane in Wallkill, MN at about 11 p.m. One was armed with a black handgun. The men took an undetermined amount of money from the two victims, injuring one, police reportedly said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 20th, 2008 at 1:11 am





3 More Suspects Linked to Home Invasion Ring

They allegedly targeted homes that had open windows or unlocked doors, struck in predawn hours and used masks and guns. They confronted victims in their bedrooms and tied them up before ransacking the homes. The burglars made off with cash and items such as jewelry and televisions. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 19th, 2008 at 10:54 pm





Man Charged In 1997 Rape and Murder

Aarion Johnson, 28, is reportedly charged with murder in the death of Susanne Stoffels, who was found dead in her home on Ross Street in November 2007. Police say Johnson had broken into the home and raped Stoffels before killing her. Johnson is currently serving a 70-year sentence on previous rape and burglary charges. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm





Home Invasion and Car Theft in Rockford, IL

Rockford police are reportedly investigating a home invasion during which a 22 year old Rockford man’s car was stolen. The armed criminals followed allegedly followed the man inside the home and told him to get on the floor, and demanded the car’s title. When he told them he didn’t have it, the robbers kicked him then took his car keys and fled. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 19th, 2008 at 6:38 am





A Bloody Home Invasion in Canada

In the brazen midday attack, assailants were wearing masks and bullet-proof vests, and a gunman shoot once in the air before firing at a man on a sidewalk. Multiple people where shot and otherwise injured. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 18th, 2008 at 11:35 pm





4 Charged in Violent MT Home Invasion

Four defendants are facing multiple felony charges after a 47-year-old man was attacked during a home invasion in Billings, Montana. Police say four offenders entered the home of Jamie Ketcham on Sept. 11, sprayed him with mace, and and struck him several times in the head with a baseball bat, leaving him in critical condition. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 17th, 2008 at 3:35 pm





Second teen arrested in Adelaide Avenue home invasion

Authorities reportedly allege Christian Elias, along with Jordan O’Connell, 18, of 209 Ferry St., Lawrence, and an unidentified third man, went to the home of Jose Flores-Cruz, 20, of 60 Adelaide Ave., broke into the house, surprised a sleeping Flores-Cruz in his bedroom, and beat him with baseball bats. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 17th, 2008 at 6:04 am





2 Home Invasions In Iowa; Using Hammers and Guns

There were a pair of home invasions in Iowa:

In the first home invasion, 3 robbers armed with hammers entered 1300 W. Fourth St., Apt. 1, in Waterloo, IA and demanded wallets from residents Javier Garcia and Jonathan Sindo. The two victims handed over the wallets and then attempted to stop the intruders, police said. The three criminals then the two victims with hammers and then fled.

In  the second home invasion, 2 men reportedly kicked in the back door to 502 Almond St in Waterloo, IA at about 1:55 a.m. Their faces were covered, one of them hand a handgun, and they demanded money from residents Maursid Gaston and Nikesha Roberts. The robbers with cash, and no injuries were reported, police said.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 15th, 2008 at 10:15 pm





Man Stabbed and robbed in home invasion

A 42-year-old man was in his home when he heard pounding on his front door. As he went to the door, it was kicked open by criminals. During the incident, the victim was assaulted, battered and robbed, police said. One of the women was armed with a knife, and the victim received a large cut to the back of his head after being struck by an unknown object. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am





6 Arrested in VA Home Invasion Spree

Suffolk, VA police announced Friday they have made arrests in a string of six home invasions that terrorized county residents to a Wyandanch, VA ring of young men ranging in age from 18 to 21. Reportedly arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery were Tyrone Simpson, 18, of 100 E. Booker St., Wyandanch; Andy Sukram, 18, of 353 Terrace Rd., Bayport; Bryan Bethea Jr., 21, of Cranberry Avenue, Central Islip; Benjamin Gaines, 18, of 270 State Ave., Wyandanch; and Jamel Bishop, 19, of 555 Atlantic Ave., Copiague. Police also reportedly arrested Steven Brison, 18, 270 State Ave., Wyandanch, and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 13th, 2008 at 2:13 pm





Oakland, CA man convicted of 1994 rape and murder

An Oakland, California man faces life in prison without parole after being convicted of a brutal rape and murder more than a decade ago. Authorities connected Willie Latimore, 58, to the case after he was forced to give a DNA sample subsequent to a robbery conviction. The DNA proved to be a match DNA taken from the body of 35-year-old Gwendolyn Evans, who was found beaten, raped, and stabbed in an abandoned apartment on November 11th, 1994. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 13th, 2008 at 9:50 am





Violent VA Beach Home Invasion

An investigation revealed that three armed criminals males forced their way into an apartment, located in the 4700 blk. of Windermere Ct., in the Pembroke Lakes Apartments. Police say numerous people were in the apartment at the time of the invasion. They also say the suspects assaulted one man and sexually assaulted two females. During the invasion, a juvenile arriving at the apartment saw what was going on and ran, but was shot in front of the building. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 12th, 2008 at 9:20 pm





TN Family Held Hostage For 5 Hours By Home Invaders

Shelby County, TN police are investigating a home invasion robbery in which a Cordova, TN family was held hostage for five hours. Detectives say that on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, in the 8000 block of Port Douglas Drive, armed and masked men barged into the home just after 10:00 p.m. and didn’t leave until 3:00 a.m. on Thursday. The home invaders reportedly tied up 31 year-old Raven Parson and her three children: two girls, 14, and 10 and a three year-old boy. Investigators say the woman’s boyfriend, Tavious Swift, 28, came home around 1:00 a.m., and the men injured and tied him up as well. The criminals then went room to room, ransacking the house before leaving with cash, jewelry, and a Black Chevy Tahoe, said detectives. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 11th, 2008 at 7:51 pm





Residents stabbed, pistol-whipped in 2 Oakland Home Invasions

Police are investigating two apparently unrelated home invasion robberies Wednesday in Oakland, CA. The first home invasion reportedly occurred at about 10:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Laguna Avenue. A man 35, and a woman, 24, were stabbed. In the other home invasion, on the 2000 block of Montana Street, 4 male robbers confronted the resident in his home and beat him with a rifle during the robbery. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun.

September 11th, 2008 at 1:51 pm