Friday, June 30, 2006

Home Invasion: Violent Crime Coming To A Suburb Near You

KSTP Eyewitness News reports a gang of armed robbers pushed their way into a Maple Grove victim's home early this morning: "Maple Grove man's home invaded".

A Maple Grove man that said armed robbers invaded his home early Friday morning told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he was held at gunpoint as armed robbers ravaged his home.

Caleb Thompson heard a knock at his door overnight and before he knew it, he was staring down the barrel of a gun.

"It was very scary, cause it was a big revolver," Thompson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "I did hear the hammer click back when he pulled it out."
This is a big-time crime, and nearly impossible to defend against because the criminals have the advantage in surprise, numbers, and weaponry.

(Note: I will reserve some judgement on this story - oftentimes these cases turn out that the victims have had some prior dealings with the assailants. I have no reason to doubt this man, but one has to consider the possible alternative fact patterns) .

Police think that part of the reason that the robbers chose the location is because of easy access to the freeway. Thompson said the suspects used his credit cards at a White Castle about 30 minutes after attack.

Some neighbors had a tough time seeing police search their neighborhood with K-9s.

"Not in this neighborhood, it's just too close," said one neighbor.

Police are searching for five black males in their late teens or early 20s.
This is more description of the suspects than you get much of the time, but we need more. What are the physical characteristics, clothing, involved vehicle, etc?

Whatever the case may be, I hope they get these sewer rats and put them where they belong - in prison.