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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 »

Pit Bull Survives Shot in Head After Saving Owner

Staten Island pooch helps scare off home invader

(Newser) - A courageous dog saved the day in Staten Island when he helped scare off a home invader and survived a bullet to the head, reports the New York Post . The drama began when a burglar disguised as a FedEx deliveryman tried to break into Justin Becker's apartment. Becker threw... More »

911 Operator to 18-Year-Old: Protect Your Baby

So Sarah McKinley shoots, kills armed home intruder

(Newser) - When two men started breaking into her Oklahoma mobile home on New Year's Eve, 18-year-old widow and new mom Sarah McKinley blocked the door with a couch, grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol, and asked the 911 dispatcher, "Is it OK to shoot him if he comes... More »

2nd Man Gets Death Sentence in Home Invasion

Joshua Komisarjevsky and accomplice killed mother, two daughters

(Newser) - A jury condemned a Connecticut man to death today for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror inside their suburban home, rejecting defense attorneys' request to spare his life in light of the abuse he suffered as a boy. The jury deliberated over the span... More »

2nd Man Convicted in Home Invasion, Murders

Joshua Komisarjevsky will now face the death penalty

(Newser) - A second man has been convicted in the murders of a mother and her two daughters during a home invasion in Connecticut. Joshua Komisarjevsky, the alleged mastermind, was found guilty of all 17 counts today and now faces a death penalty hearing, reports the Hartford Courant . His accomplice, Steven Hayes,... More »

Hayes Sentenced to Death for Grisly Triple Murder

Conn. man convicted in fatal home invasion

(Newser) - A Connecticut man was condemned to death today for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which Jennifer Hawke-Petit was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire. Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to... More »

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