Category Archives: Home Invasion

Serial Felon Killed After Victim Escapes And Gets Her Gun

Serial felon Willie Franklin Stith III must have been laying in wait for the female victim to return to her apartment home from work last night around 11:00 PM in Wilmington, NC.

He forced her inside, tied her up, and you can guess what he might have had in store for her next.

She, however, had other plans.

Police say a woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Monday night and tied her up.

Willie Franklin Stith, III, 35, was killed in the reported home invasion in the 5000 block of Hunt Club Road, off New Centre Drive, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. In a news release, Rawley wrote that a woman got home from work around 11 p.m. Monday when Stith forced her inside, beat her and bound her.

The woman was able to free herself and retrieved her gun, shooting Stith once. Rawley wrote that police found Stith near the front door of the home. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Records from the N.C. Department Of Public Safety show Stith racked up more than a dozen convictions between 1998 and 2002 in New Hanover and Cumberland counties, including second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny, breaking and entering vehicles and assault on a public official.

Stith was featured in a 2008 StarNews story about local authorities using federal sentencing guidelines to keep armed offenders off the streets. After police searched Stith’s home in 2003 and found heroin, a pistol and a shotgun, Stith pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Stith only served 39 months of his 10 year sentence, and was released in September of 2006.

He may not have been able to keep himself out of trouble for the past decade, but the serial felon with a record of gun crimes at least avoided any arrests and convictions.

Last night, his life of violent crime came to an end, permanently.

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Son convinces mother to buy a gun and learn to shoot. Alleged burglars obviously missed that memo.

Bruce Haddix told WDRB-TV that he talked his mother into buying a gun and learning how to shoot it about a year and a half ago — and he’s relieved she listened.

Haddix, the station reported, said his mother initially noticed a suspicious car parked across the street from her Louisville, Kentucky, home Friday afternoon — and then heard the front door rattling and sounds coming from a back window.

“They busted the back window out, and that’s when she stepped out of the hallway and let one shot go and hit somebody,” Haddix told the station, “and obviously she got him.”

Police found Eric Gathwright, 23, dead from a gunshot wound just outside the house, WDRB reported.

Aaron McDuffie, 23, was arrested later and charged with burglary and murder, the station added.

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Deputies: Armed robber shot to death during Rosharon home invasion

A home invasion robbery in a quiet Rosharon neighborhood turned deadly Tuesday, Nov. 15, after a family member who came to protect the homeowner fatally shot one of the suspects, sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 5100 block of Apollo Ln around 8:40 a.m. to investigate reports of a robbery in progress, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Varon Snelgrove said.

“The homeowner told deputies that two men wearing masks with guns kicked in the back door and demanded money,” Snelgrove said.

“As it happens, at the time of the break-in, the homeowner was on the phone with her son in-law who lives across the street, and when he heard what was happening he came to the house to protect her.”

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3 arrested after senior thwarts home invasion

Three would-be burglars are now in jail after one gun-toting grandma chased them from her home, authorities said Monday.

On Friday afternoon, a 78-year old Sabra Elaine Stiehl was getting ready to take a nap when she heard a noise coming from the front of her house on 252 Mt. Carmel Road. Stiehl grabbed her Browning high power pistol, loaded it, and stepped into the hallway where she was greeted by two strange men, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

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81-year-old fatally shoots home invasion suspect, says gun had never been used in 30 years

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A home invasion suspect was fatally shot early Friday morning in Uniontown when the 81-year-old homeowner pulled out a gun, according to investigators.

Police said 46-year-old Franklin Schrout, of Smithfield, rode a bike to the house with tools to break in, then ransacked the home and assaulted the 81-year-old man.

“Once the actor came into his bedroom, the actor was demanding to know where money was. He told them he didn’t have any money or anything of value in the home,” Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik said.

The 81-year-old was able to grab a .22-caliber gun during a struggle with Schrout and fired one shot, police said.

Schrout ran out of the house and the 81-year-old’s bedridden sister called 911, police said.

When police arrived at the home, they found Schrout dead outside.

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Elderly homeowner shoots and kills two home invasion suspects

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (WCMH) — Police say the 73-year-old man shot and killed the suspects when they entered his garage and tried to rob him.

According to KMOV, Jonathan Warren, 18, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, entered the man’s home and put a gun to the victim’s head, demanding he back up.

Police said that’s when the homeowner grabbed his own gun and fired it at the suspects. Both were killed.

Neighbors tell KMOV that the homeowner, whose name hasn’t been released by police, and his wife are well liked in the community. “They were very nice. You just kind of see them come and go they would speak, when the weather was nice, they were out. They are nice people,” said neighbor Kim Bryant.

Police continue to investigate but said the gun Warren was using had been reported stolen on October 30.

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Woman turns tables on vicious home intruder by pulling gun on him

She said a man followed her into her home, fought with her, and threw her down on the bed. But she turned the tables on him when she picked up her husband’s gun.

Jackie Alexander’s been a registered nurse for two decades, so she’s pretty tough. And though she’s still scared, she lived to tell the story.

“For eight years I’ve felt safe enough to walk out my front door at 2 a.m. if need be,” said Alexander, “That sense of safety is gone.”

Alexander took her dog Chloe out to use the bathroom around midnight. Her husband was at work, and she was home alone. She said she saw a man walking down the sidewalk, and then he came into her yard.

“I put my hand up and said, stop, excuse me. He did not stop,” she said.

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Armed veteran fights off attacker during violent home invasion

A 66-year-old Army veteran shot a man who tried to force his way inside his house in Akron, Ohio, on Monday.

Craig Noggle said his neighbor, Daniel Givens, showed up at his door, knocked and then ran away. But when Givens returned for a second time, he knew something wasn’t right and then he found Givens trying to force his way inside.

“You try to come in through this door, I’m gonna shoot you,” Noggle told reporters, describing the incident. “He said, ‘Yeah, where’s the gun?’ and I picked it up. I said, ‘This is the gun and you’re gonna get shot.’”

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An Atlanta-area woman opened fire on three armed intruders early last Friday morning who were breaking into her home.

The dramatic home invasion shootout at 4 a.m., during which the woman defended herself from the men after a very rude and scary awakening, was recorded by surveillance video (see embedded footage below) as drywall debris flew everywhere from the gunfire.

As depicted in the footage, the burglars entered the home in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with their guns drawn.

The woman came running out of her bedroom in the Atlanta suburb and fired her gun at the intruders who apparently had kicked in the front door. All three suspects fled the scene, with one shown crashing through a glass door.

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