Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Virginia: Would-be Thief Ends Up in Hospital: "An overnight robbery attempt landed a gunman not in jail but in a hospital. Shortly before midnight, according to Danville Police Lt. Tommy Merricks, a gunman approached two men on Rocklawn Drive and attempted to rob them. One of the men grabbed the gun, however, and tried to take it away. The gun went off and struck the would-be robber in the head. He fled the scene. Shortly afterwards, the police heard of a man being taken from Glenn Street to Danville Regional Medical Center. He was later transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center with a reported gunshot wound to the head that likely fractured his skull, according to the police."

Colorado Business Owner Holds Crook At Gunpoint: "A business owner takes the law into his own hands and holds a suspected crook at gunpoint until police arrive. The suspect was allegedly breaking into cars at a business complex on North Cascade. Just after midnight, something strange was going on outside the businesses. "He had taken a transformer off of Roger's truck and was beating on a car window. That was thumping noise I heard," Kristi Lyons told 11 News. Her husband, Mike, grabbed his gun and ran outside. They knew there was an intruder when they saw the plastic window on their car sliced open. Kristi said the suspect was caught red-handed, hiding behind and underneath cars in the parking lot. "Mike had him at gunpoint. He said, `We can do this the easy way or the hard way.' I called police." She was on the phone for about 5 minutes while she watched Mike go after the suspect. "Mike had the kid at gunpoint. He started advancing toward Mike with a knife and Mike fired off a shot to let him know that he wasn't kidding." Police arrested 24-year-old Richard Richardson. "I wish he would've shot the guy," said Lisa Yunker who owns the business next door. She said the row of businesses has been broken into several times. "Everyone is sick of it, this whole complex. We don't know why we're targeted." Richard Richardon is behind bars charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and assault. Police said they had been looking for him earlier in the night for allegedly attacking a kid with a baseball bat."

Texas Homeowner Shoots Drunken Intruder: "A homeowner shot a man who broke into his Atascocita home early Tuesday, officials told KPRC Local 2. Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said the homeowner's wife heard a noise outside their home on Devlin Drive near Match Play Drive at about 2:45 a.m. Detectives said the man, who is partially blind and hearing impaired, appeared to be intoxicated. The man claimed the home was his and argued with the homeowner, officials said. "The homeowner discharged one round from a shotgun with a birdshot, giving the intruder a superficial wound to the side of the head," Lt. Michael Young said. Deputies said the man lives in the area and this was not the first time he has entered a wrong house. "Apparently this individual has done this before, based on some statements from his family members," Young said. The man, believed to be in his 40s, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Investigators have not said what charges the man may face. The homeowner, his wife and two daughters were not injured.

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