Tuesday, July 22, 2008

North Carolina teenager fends off would-be robbers: "Two suspects are on the run after a teenager in the house they were robbing turned one of the criminals' guns against them. At about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, police said two robbers broke into Danielle Gardin's home in north Charlotte. "One guy opened up the garage, let the van in and then they started going upstairs," Gardin said. Gardin wasn't home, but her 14-year-old son Dante was. He had locked the door to his room at the top of the stairs, called 911 and hid in the closet. "One of the guys kicked the door in, and then he started going through Dante's stuff," Gardin said. The teenager had armed himself with a pocket knife. And with the stranger in his room distracted, Dante attacked. "That's when he came out of the closet and that's when he stabbed the guy in the stomach," Gardin said. While the two struggled in the room, the robber's gun fell to the floor. Dante picked it up and aimed it at the would-be criminal. The man then took off down the stairs then sped away with his accomplice in the getaway van, damaging part of Gardin's garage in the process. Police said both suspects are black males with dreadlocks. One of the suspects was wearing a long-sleeved black T-shirt and jeans. The other was wearing a blue polo shirt with white stripes."

Florida Burglar Shot: "A homeowner shot a would-be burglar in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday, police said. Police said the man shot was one of two thieves who tried to burglarize a house in the 2400 block of 117th Avenue about 2 a.m. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The second man apparently got away. Neighbors said the house, which sits on the side of the street nearest the interstate, has been hit by thieves before. Police said two children, ages 5 and 9, were inside the house when the culprits tried to break in. No charges had been filed against the homeowner Sunday."

Texas: No charges filed against man who shot teen: "Police have hot filed charges against a Northeast resident who allegedly shot a man in self-defense. The police department's Drive-by-Shooting Response Team (DSRT) was called to assist with a "shots fired" call at the 9500 block of Iris at about one Saturday morning. Officers discovered a 19-year-old man had been shot in the ankle and forearm at a residence in the area. An investigation revealed the victim went to a party at the residence and engaged in an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation, police officials said. Police said a resident of the home grabbed a handgun and fired several shots at the victim in an attempt to protect his home and family. The victim was transported to Thomason hospital and a further investigation is underway."

Ohio man killed trying to rob home: "An 18-year-old man armed with a BB gun was fatally shot while trying to rob the residents of a Franklinton home yesterday afternoon, police said. Police arrested his two alleged accomplices, one of whom was his brother, and charged them with murder for taking part in a crime that resulted in his death. The resident who fired the fatal shot was released after questioning by police. A Franklin County grand jury will decide whether he acted in self-defense or should be indicted for a crime, police said. Terrance W. Jackson, described by police as a college student from out of state, died at Mount Carmel West hospital at 1:51 p.m., about an hour and 40 minutes after the shooting at 641 W. Chapel St. Police said Jackson was accompanied by his brother Cashius D. Jackson and Cashius' girlfriend, Lucretia D. Fudge, when he attempted to rob Joshua A. LeMaster's home at 12:10 p.m. LeMaster was one of four residents in the home at the time. LeMaster shot Jackson in the chest and arm. Jackson ran across the street and collapsed on the sidewalk, where he was unresponsive when found by police, Sgt. Joan Schlabach said. "He's protecting his family. He's protecting my home," said LeMaster's roommate, who was asleep upstairs when the shots were fired. "It's (expletive) when you can't leave your front door open." LeMaster's girlfriend told police that Terrance Jackson held a gun, later identified as a BB gun, to her head. LeMaster pulled out a real gun and shot him in the living room."

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