Author: Krey, Patrick
Date published: May 21, 2012
Journal code: NEAM
The Seattle Times reported that in North Bend, Washington, a crazed home invader broke into a home by throwing a grill's propane tank through the rear glass siding door. The 46-year-old homeowner was fast asleep just before midnight on March 30 when he heard the jarring sound of glass shattering. Reacting quickly, he armed himself as he and his girlfriend rushed to the bathroom to barricade themselves in.
While hiding in the bathroom, they called 911 and told the dispatcher they could hear the intruder trashing their house. The intruder was in a rage, yelling death threats at the homeowner. Sergeant Cindi West, the local sheriff's spokeswoman, said that the intruder yelled, "Where you at, I'm gonna (expletive) you up. I'm gonna kill you!"
The homeowner yelled back at the invader, warning him not to come any closer because he was armed and would shoot to kill. The rage-filled attacker then forced his way into the bathroom where the two residents were hiding by kicking down the door. That was the criminal's fatal mistake, as the homeowner fired on him killing him on the spot.
Investigators later determined from speaking to the intruder's friends that the attacker was drunk and high on cocaine and also suffered from mental illness.
People are accustomed to hearing about home break-ins where the intruder sneaks in unannounced, but there are the occasions when an intruder abandons all subtle tactics. This is one of those times when the entry to the house was not by stealth, but rather it was an explosive break-in, bursting with such violence and fury that those inside had no doubts that their lives were in jeopardy.
- PATRICK KREY