If Only They Had A Gun

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

Archive for the ‘elderly’ tag

Body of abducted grandmother Pat O’Hagan found in the woods

Pat O’Hagan, who had nine grandchildren and lived alone in Sheffield, VT, was “forcibly removed” from her home in September, 2010, according to police. Her body was found last Sunday, about 100 miles from her home, by birdwatcher who were in the woods. More information here.

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

October 5th, 2010 at 6:04 pm





90 Year Old Woman Raped in Her Own Home

A 90 year old Detroit woman was reportedly in her home around midnight when three men broke in. One of the men entered the elderly woman’s bedroom, and despite her attempts to fend him off with her bare hands, he raped her, according to police. The intruder then reportedly ransacked the home, before fleeing. The following morning, the woman’s grandson is said to have found her crying, hiding behind a bed. Suspects have been apprehended, and the criminal and juvenile cases against those suspects are pending. More information here.

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

September 9th, 2010 at 7:52 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.

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

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.

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

May 14th, 2010 at 7:14 pm





70 Year Old Landlord David Queen Stabbed to Death

Bond has reportedly been set at $4 million for a man accused of first-degree murder after authorities said he stabbed his 70-year-old landlord about 50 times near Antioch, Illinois last week. Jason Baker, 37, and his girlfriend Kimberly Caldwell, 37, had been living with David Queen in the 40200 block of Deep Lake Round for about a week before Baker robbed and stabbed Queen sometime around midnight Thursday night, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said today. More information here.

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

February 8th, 2010 at 8:28 pm





Elderly Couple Found Murdered

New Orleans police said an elderly couple was killed Sunday morning. Officers arrived at the 5400 block of Seminary Place just after 8 a.m, where the front door had been broken into. The elderly couple was found murdered inside. More information here.

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

May 10th, 2009 at 1:55 pm





Woman Fatally Stabbed While Helping a Family Member with Laundry

On Monday morning, 73 year old Florence McCollum of Chicago was fatally stabbed in a building owned by her cousin, who had asked for her help with the laundry. She was in a downstairs apartment of her cousin’s building in the 3400 block of South Giles when she was attacked, possibly by a burglar. McCollum was known as an individual who volunteered at a food pantry, taught religion, and cared for her older cousin, according to friends and family. More information here.

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

April 29th, 2009 at 10:57 pm





Suspect Arrested In Rape and Burning Of Elderly Woman

Police have arrested a door-to-door magazine salesman accused of raping an elderly Grand Prairie, TX woman and then setting setting her on fire. The 78-year-old victim was assaulted Monday at home, doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire. Brimmer said the woman was hospitalized Wednesday with second-degree burns. Her name has not been disclosed. More information here.

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

April 1st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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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.

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

March 31st, 2009 at 2:51 pm





8 killed in Nursing Home Rampage

Authorities trying to unravel the mystery of a rampage at a North Carolina nursing home that left eight dead said the shooting spree wasn’t a “random act of violence.” One suspect is in custody. More information here.

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

March 30th, 2009 at 9:18 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.

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

January 16th, 2009 at 5:21 pm





Salesman guilty in rape and murder of a 90-year-old Woman

A traveling salesman from Missouri is reportedly expected to receive life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to the rape and murder of a 90-year-old woman in her home in 2005. Richard Craig McNew of St. Louis, Mo., reportedly admitted in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Tuesday to bounding and gagging Anna Elizabeth Vuori in her Lafayette home, sexually assaulting her and smothering her to death, before stealing cash, savings bonds, and her car. More information here.

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

January 1st, 2009 at 8:01 pm





Man sentenced to 30 to 60 years for the brutal rape of a 77-year-old

The victim said the assailant ripped off her clothes, raped her, then gagged her and bound her wrists and ankles with a bra and scarves. The assailant stole $85 from the victim’s purse and, in a final insult, stomped on the elderly woman’s chest as he left. The judge called this “one of the most horrific crimes” in her memory.

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December 6th, 2008 at 4:49 pm





Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Rape and Murder

Robert Pettus, 22, was reportedly found guilty of raping and murdering Martha E. Byrd, who lived in the 500 block of Hilltop Terrace SE in Washington. Byrd’s nude body was found in her bed with a 12-inch knife protruding from her chest. Pettus was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the rape and murder. More information here.

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

October 5th, 2008 at 8:46 am





Suspects wanted for 3 home invasion in a single day

The criminals reportedly struck the homes of three elderly residents on Saturday, saying that they were conducting checks on property lines as robbed the homes. Authorities say when the residents tried to call police, the suspects ripped the phone off the wall to stop them.  More information here.

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

September 29th, 2008 at 8:12 am





Man Convicted Of Raping Elderly AL Woman

James Broadhead was found guilty of raping a 75-year-old woman. At trial, the victim testified that Broadhead, 26, put a knife to her throat, made her lie down, then he raped her, robbed her and stole her car. More information here.

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

September 26th, 2008 at 12:39 am





79-Year-Old Florida Woman Tied To Bed During Home Invasion

Police said a 79 year old Fort Pierce, FL woman was tied to her bed during a home invasion on Sunday. Lorene Chevis reportedly said she woke up to find a man tying her hands to her bed and “rolling her up in the bed sheets and cushioning from the bed.” More information here.

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

September 23rd, 2008 at 8:20 pm





Elderly Woman Dies of Heart Attack After Home Invasion

The death of a 90-year-old Lancaster County woman who had a heart attack two days after being robbed at gunpoint in her home has reportedly been ruled a homicide, according to police and the county coroner. Anna M. Sensenig’s heart attack was “directly” caused by the home invasion, officials reportedly stated on Thursday. However, no charges will be filed against the accused robber, Travis Meints of Terre Hill. More information here.

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

September 20th, 2008 at 5:56 pm





Chicago man charged with fatal carjacking of 88-year-old

88-year-old carjack victim Jacint Calderazzo was on his way to Midway Airport last week, when Kenneth Starr reportedly approached Calderazzo’s car and robbed him, Chicago police said. Police reportedly believe the elderly man was knocked to the ground and apparently run over with his own car as his assailant sped off. Starr, 33, whose address is listed in the 4800 block of West Congress Parkway in Chicago, initially was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and attempted murder, police said. More information here.

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

September 12th, 2008 at 3:55 pm





Jury Selection Begins For Deadly 2003 Home Invasion

Jury selection begins today in the case of a man who’s accused in a violent home invasion in Washington County, PA that led to an elderly woman’s death back in January of 2003. Police reportedly say Mark Fisher, 23, posed as a utility worker to get into the Peters Township home of Freda Dale and her husband, Shannon. Fisher allegedly tied the couple up, demanded money and beat Shannon Dale, then 91. More information here.

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

September 8th, 2008 at 7:11 pm