Monday, May 17, 2010

FL: Two dead in botched home invasion: "A botched robbery ended Tuesday morning with two men dead, four men in jail on felony drug and murder charges and a fifth suspect on the run. Michael Anthony Norman shot and killed Devin Austin Butler, 20, and Michael Patrick Duffy, 22, after the young men broke into the home Norman shares with Daniel Lawrence Nelson, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said. Butler and Duffy conspired with Justin E. Polson, 25, Alecia Alford, 26, and Stephen Mark Lang, 28, to steal a few ounces of marijuana, about 100 Oxycodone pills, a handful of Hydrocodone, Xanax, Percocet and Soma pills and “several thousand dollars” of drug money from the house at 7515 Jefferson Ave., the sheriff said. Butler and Duffy, dressed in dark clothes and with their faces covered by bandanas, broke into the mobile home with the knife and a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun. Norman called 911 just before 4:30 a.m. and told the operator to send an ambulance; he had just shot two home invaders. As far as police know, Norman fired just three shots, all of which hit the two burglars... The homeowner might have used the same gun to shoot Duffy and Butler; investigators said Norman shot the men with a .38-caliber revolver. He was not charged in the deaths"

CA: Shot victim fought back: "The laborer's friend, a 33-year-old Watsonville transient, grabbed for the gun and fought with the robber even though he had a gunshot wound in his abdomen, police said. The laborer burst into the shack, helped call police and detained the robber until officers arrived. "When we showed up, they were still holding him down," Gonzalez said. Officers recovered the pistol and arrested the 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, gang participation and gun charges, police reported. His name was withheld because of his age."

Arizona: Victim’s dad confronts suspects after west Valley attack: "Three men were arrested early Sunday for robbing several victims in the west Valley, according to officials. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Trent Crump said three Hispanic males were robbing victims along west Valley streets around 12 a.m. The two incidents reportedly occurred on Thomas Road between 59th and 67th avenues. According to Crump, one of the victims returned home and told his father what had happened. The man’s father reportedly left the home and went looking for the suspects. Crump said police apprehended one of the suspects by this time, but the victim’s father located the remaining two suspects and confronted them about the robbery. The suspects reportedly pulled a gun on the man, at which point he also drew a firearm and a shootout began, according to officials. The victim’s father was not shot during the exchange, but did shoot one of the suspects “at least two times,” Crump said. One of the teen suspects, Ruben Torres, 18, was reportedly hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Angel Torres and Michael Torres, both 19, have also been taken into custody."

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