Thursday, May 13, 2010

Home Invasion

Thanks for the blog and book; I read both. Here's an incident which you might like to comment on:


Thanks, Ed

Craigslist Diamond Ring Ad Leads to Father's Murder in Home Invasion, Say Wash. State Cops

TACOMA, Wash. (CBS/AP) Four suspects are charged in a fatal home-invasion robbery linked to a Craigslist ad, according to Washington State officials. James Sanders, of the Pierce County community of Edgewood, Wash., was fatally shot on April 28 trying to defend his home from robbers who showed up on the pretext of purchasing a diamond ring he had advertised on the online classified site.

Sanders' wife, Charlene, told reporters last week how the people who pretended to be interested in buying a ring, robbed and beat her family and shot her husband.
"I had a gun to the back of my head with a countdown - three, two - and I'm just screaming and my kids are standing there, and I'm saying, please, God, don't let them kill me, don't let them kill my kids," she said.
She said her husband was shot trying to protect her 14-year-old son who was being pistol-whipped. James Sanders died in his wife's arms.

"I just kept saying 'honey please stay with me, stay with me, stay with us, don't go, don't go,' and he was just barely gasping for air," she said. "They took the love of my live."
Three of the suspects Kiyoshi A. Higashi, 22, and Joshua N. Reese, 20, both of Tacoma, along with Amanda C. Knight, 21, of Sumner, were arrested on May 1 during a traffic stop in California.
Officials say the fourth suspect, Clabon Berniard, 23, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday after being sought on a nationwide arrest warrant.

Investigators say they believe the people responsible for Sanders' death are also responsible for an April 25 robbery at a Lake Stevens home, north of Seattle, where the family had offered a TV for sale on Craigslist.
All four suspects are charged with first-degree murder, robbery and assault.
Knight appeared Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court in tears and pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held on $2 million bail.

Charlene Sanders was in court for Knight's appearance and called the whole experience "a nightmare" and told KOMO-TV, "When I saw her I started to shake."
She said earlier her 14-year-old son is recovering and both he and her 10-year-old son miss their father.

Careful people. This is the key of what I mean regarding people not understanding how things are changing.
Only the most stupid Argentine would fall for something like that: You can’t afford to be so na├»ve around here!
Anyone doing such  a transaction here would have chosen a public place of some sort, probably arrange the meeting at some jewelry store where they could also verify the quality of the piece.
Even when selling my car, I took extra measures. The car on the street, not indoors where they can restrain you at gunpoint. I was also armed and had body armor, just in case. Sounds exaggerated? Then read again what happened to this man.


Joseph said...

There was a similar incident here in Texas...Craigslist advertisement for a car stereo, meeting in a parking lot, and the seller got shot.

One reason why I would never sell anything out of my home...it makes you a very juicy target.

Anonymous said...

We have quite a few 'pseudo-cop' home invasions where people dress up as LEO executing a raid. Before the people realize they have been duped, they are at the mercy of the criminals. Even if they had prior knowledge of the impending raid, would people shoot it out with what MIGHT BE police officers? Doubtful.

Uncle George said...

Home invasions are increasingly common here. Many people these days do not answer the door unless they see it as someone they recognize and expect. Selling anything at one's home invites the danger shown in this article.

Some even keep a firearm handy within the house in case of an invasion. Here some of the invaders just break down a door and rush into the house before the occupants realize what is happening.

Anonymous said...

That's why a fortified home makes pretend LEO home invading unlikely. You would have time to call the police and without expertise in breaking into fortified homes (such as blowing the door hinges with a shotgun), you would find out that they aren't really cops. Plus only SWAT breaks into homes, not regular cops. They would be unlikely to pick your fortified home in the first place too.

I bet Craigslist for some professional armed robbers reads like an employment section.

DaShui said...

Hey Fer Fal!

Last month someone I know From a martial art school was cooking dinner and had a home invasion, in a gated upscale development. He has a ccp and a glock but it was out of reach, so he had to empty hand fight the intruder. Open hand strike to the nose, then punched him in the throat. After that the intruder ran off. Now my friend's glock is welded to his hip 24 hours a day. Oddly, His neighbors all asked him did he know the intruder?
Everybody is waiting on your next book, defensive architecture!

Maldek said...

Holy shit thats scary stuff.

Look how young those gangsters are...even had a girl with them.

I suspect they would have gotten me too. Not half as "careful" as FerFal is but still called paranoid by friends here and there for having a secure house, guns, body armor and such.

But what does all preparation is good for, if a friendly person comes to your door, rings the bell, gives the right answers and booom a split second later you/your kits/your wife have a gun in your face?

SCARY. God damn.