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91-Year-Old Shot, Set on Fire in Detroit

Suspect turned himself in on Tuesday

(Newser) - A man has surrendered to police and been charged after a "heinous" murder in Detroit, though police aren't giving up details on the suspect's identity or motive, reports the Detroit Free Press . Authorities say 91-year-old Paul Monchnik was beaten, shot in the head, doused in gasoline, and... More »

Documents: Pastor's Wife 'Charged at' Gunman

Chilling details emerge in Indianapolis slaying

(Newser) - The 18-year-old accused of murdering Amanda Blackburn during a home invasion robbery claims he shot her after she charged at him, according to court documents seen by NBC News . Larry Taylor told accomplices that the pregnant 28-year-old pastor's wife "charged at him and he shot her somewhere in... More »

Cops Rule Out Pastor Husband in Wife's Murder

Pregnancy could add 20 years to killer's sentence

(Newser) - Cops hunting the killer—or killers—of a pregnant woman during a home invasion in Indianapolis have yet to make any arrests, though they've completely ruled out her husband, pastor Davey Blackburn. Police say Blackburn, who returned from the gym Tuesday morning to find his wife, Amanda, dying from... More »

Pastor's Pregnant Wife Shot in Head by Intruders

Amanda Blackburn was taken off life support on Thursday

(Newser) - Indianapolis residents are reeling after the death of a pastor's pregnant wife. Amanda Blackburn, 28, was taken off life support on Thursday, two days after she was shot in the head during an apparent robbery at her Northwestside home, reports the Indianapolis Star . Police have released few details about... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Shot While Fighting Intruders

Semantha Bunce is recovering; one man has been charged

(Newser) - Home invaders messed with the wrong woman in Charlotte, NC. Semantha Bunce, a 21-year-old Army National Guard combat medic, was breastfeeding her 4-month-old son in her bedroom when she heard the doorbell just before 10am last Tuesday, reports WSOC . Seconds later, intruders kicked in the door and opened fire, leaving... More »

Woman Foils Intruder With Medieval Skills, Sword

She learned to fight in the Society for Creative Anachronism

(Newser) - An Indiana woman says her training in medieval combat helped her corner a home intruder. The Indianapolis Star reports 43-year-old Karen Dolley of Indianapolis threw punches until she had the suspect cornered during the Thursday night break-in. She then kept him subdued with a Japanese sword she keeps near her... More »

11-Year-Old Kills Teen, 16, Under Murky Circumstances

Neighbors say it was cold-blooded murder; police are calling it a home invasion

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy fatally shot a 16-year-old in the head in North St. Louis County yesterday in what police say was a home invasion, though neighbors believe it was cold-blooded murder. According to police, the teen entered an unlocked home after two prior attempts to break in and was shot... More »

Harvard-Trained Lawyer Arrested in Kidnapping Case

Matthew Muller arrested for allegedly kidnapping California woman

(Newser) - A Harvard-trained attorney has been charged in a home invasion and kidnapping that police once considered a hoax, KCRA reports. The FBI has arrested 38-year-old Matthew Muller—who was already being held in another home invasion case—for the kidnapping of Denise Huskins in Vallejo, Calif. According to Huskins' boyfriend,... More »

Indian-Americans Face String of Home Invasions

NJ victims describe having hands and legs duct-taped

(Newser) - Since Oct. 20, a single New Jersey county has seen at least five home invasions targeting Indian-Americans, the New York Times reports. Most occurred in late October, when many families celebrate Diwali—a holiday that frequently involves gold jewelry. The latest Middlesex County incident, however, occurred on Saturday. "They... More »

Woman's Dramatic Roof Escape Caught on Camera

Homeless man, Christian Hicks, 29, charged with burlgary

(Newser) - As Melora Rivera hid on her roof, half-naked, from an intruder Wednesday morning, neighbors snapped pictures and posted them to Twitter . The California woman had fled from a second-story window when a homeless man broke into her house as she slept, CBS2 reports. "The drop is, I would guess,... More »

Kidnapped Girl's Mom Linked to Suspect

They were once arrested together for drugs

(Newser) - Authorities are still keeping quiet about just how they managed to find a kidnapped girl "at a residence" in Conyers, Ga.; they're calling it "hardcore police work," WSB-TV notes. In the meantime, however, new information is emerging about the circumstances of the kidnapping. One of the... More »

Kidnapped Georgia Girl Found Alive

Ayvani Hope Perez, 14, rescued and reunited with family

(Newser) - She's safe: The 14-year-old Georgia girl who was abducted early yesterday in a home invasion has been found alive, reports MyFoxAtlanta . Ayvani Hope Perez has been reunited with her family, says the Clayton County police chief. Two male suspects are in custody, but police are looking for others, reports... More »

Girl, 14, Abducted in Home Invasion

Suspects were trying to rob Georgia home

(Newser) - A terrifying story out of Georgia ends with a missing 14-year-old girl: Police say two men broke into a Clayton County home around 2:15am today looking for money and jewelry. When the mother living there didn't have anything to turn over to them, they shot the family dog... More »

Boy, 10, Fights Off Intruders With Their Own Gun

Scares home invaders out of Brooklyn house

(Newser) - A 10-year-old in Brooklyn appears to be well on his way to becoming Batman. The New York Post reports that two armed men, pretending to be FedEx deliverymen, invaded the boy's home last night, ordering two teens to remain in the living room. Then one of the men made... More »

Cops Fired Bullet That Killed Hofstra Student

Police say Dalton Smith was using Andrea Rebello as human shield

(Newser) - The Hofstra University junior who died early Friday in a home invasion was killed by a bullet fired by police, reports the New York Daily News in a sad coda in the death of Andrea Rebello. Police say the fatal bullet was one of eight fired by a veteran cop... More »

Hofstra Student Dead in Home Invasion

Armed intruder also killed in botched robbery

(Newser) - A Hofstra University student who lived in an off-campus house with her twin sister is dead after an armed burglar broke into the house overnight, reports the Daily News . The gunman also was killed. The details of what happened were unclear this afternoon, but the gunshots apparently began after police... More »

Home Invasion Survivor Petit Remarries

Dad who lost entire family in horrific 2007 crime marries Christine Paluf

(Newser) - A Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific 2007 home invasion and fire has remarried. Dr. William Petit wed 34-year-old photographer Christine Paluf yesterday. About 300 people attended the ceremony in West Hartford and reception in Simsbury, said a friend and family spokesman. Paluf met... More »

Home Intruder Orders Woman to Cut Her Grass

But 'intruder' turns out to be overzealous Georgia county employee

(Newser) - When it comes to victims of home invasion, you could do a lot worse than Erica Masters. The Georgia woman says she woke up one morning to find a man standing in her bedroom's doorway—to rebuke her for neglecting her lawn. "I didn't have my glasses... More »

4 Dead in Sacramento Home Attack

Gang members involved in possible home invasion: police

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to sort things out after four people were shot and killed in a Sacramento home last night. After officers were called to the home on the 7600 block of 18th Street around 10:40 yesterday they found three men and one woman in the home dead of... More »

As Greeks Pull Money From Banks, Burglars Move In

Police see spike in home robberies

(Newser) - See those stories about panicked residents of Greece pulling their money out of banks ? Yeah, criminals did, too, and now police are warning people about a wave of break-ins and home invasions, reports Reuters . In fact, police broke up two crime networks from the former Soviet republic of Georgia... More »

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