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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 5:10 PM

 

PHOENIX — Police arrested a 35-year-old man following a marathon carjacking rampage that spanned two cities Monday evening.

Julio Ivan Tinero-Figuera was accused of stealing two cars, crashing one of them.

According to Phoenix police, Tinero-Figuera started his rampage by carjacking two people at gunpoint just north of 43rd Avenue and Camelback Road.

He reportedly abandoned that car nearby a short time later, which is when police say he forced his way into four separate Glendale homes, still armed with a handgun.

Witnesses reported seeing the suspect brandishing a firearm and jumping fences into backyards.

While inside the fourth home, police say the Tinero-Figuera made one victim give him the keys to another car, which he crashed in a neighborhood near 47th Avenue and Bethany Home, before getting arrested.

Police say there were seven victims in all. No one was hurt in any of the incidents.

“This type of individual is very dangerous,” says Phoenix Police Lt. Jeff Pierce. “He’s carjacking vehicles, forcibly entering homes, holding people at gunpoint, trying to get additional vehicles. He’s very dangerous and it’s a very good thing we have him off the streets.”

Tinero-Figuera was not armed when police arrested him. However, Glendale police said officers did find a gun inside the car that was taken.

Tinero-Figuera has served time in an Arizona prison and has been deported, according to court documents. He admitted to being in the county illegally.

Tinero-Figuera  was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on numerous charges, including aggravated assault and armed robberies.

Source: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Suspect-arrested-in-double-carjacking-246993461.html

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) — Police were dispatched to 115 C Olivia Drive, Thursday afternoon around four o’clock. Police responded to reports of a home invasion and assault.

Police say victim, Brandon Harper, was inside of the home during the break in.

“Brandon Harper was air lifted to a hospital in Louisville, for injuries sustained in that assault and invasion,” said Julie Anna Williams, Glasgow Police Public Information Officer.

Harper’s mother tells us her son is currently in ICU at University of Louisville hospital and has been diagnosed with severe brain trauma.

One of Brandon’s neighbors say this unfortunate situation definitely raises some red flags.

“It kind of startles me because I have three young kids, ranging from ages ten to two. For something like that to happen this close to my house, that is kind of disturbing. So, now I have to worry about my wife while I’m gone and stuff like that,” said Joshua Gonzalez, neighbor. . .

Read more at http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/Two-Barren-County-Home-Invasions-are-Under-Investigation-247932241.html?ref=241

By Peter Nickeas Tribune reporter4:11 p.m. CST, December 31, 2013

Police are investigating whether the same men bound two women and ransacked their Northwest Side homes.

One of the incidents happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday and the other around 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to police. The home are three miles apart.

In the first incident, in the 5200 block of North Mobile Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, a woman heard a knock and, assuming it was her husband, opened her door. Two men pushed their way inside but the woman later told police she heard three different voices.

The men tied her with a cord they found in the home and put her in the back of the house while they ransacked rooms and stole money and electronics, police said.

In the second incident, a 67-year-old woman was hit in the face after two men broke into her home in the 3700 block of North Oconto Avenue in the Belmont Heights neighborhood. The woman freed herself from the restraints and ran to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor called 911.

The woman had bruises on her face but refused treatment from paramedics and told police she would go to the doctor with family members.

Police said the two attackers made off with jewelry and other items from her home.

Eddie Stare called 911 after the 67-year-old woman, his neighbor, ran to him for help.

“She said ‘Eddie, Eddie, they, they, I got robbed, I just got robbed!’ ” Stare told WGN-TV.

“I thought she came home and found the house ransacked and that’s when I started to go over there,’’ Stare said. “She said, ‘They tied me up and they beat me,’ ’’ Stare said.

Stare, alarmed, asked her if the intruders were still there but she told him they left. Stare called 911.

“I called police, they responded, tactical units, uniformed officers, they came in and talked to her, they got a Polish interpreter from the 17th District to come and speak with her. That was helpful,’’ Stare said.

“She speaks English fairly well but being nervous and everything, she couldn’t get the words she needed to explain herself,” Stare said.

Stare said though she was “shaken up” her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. “She had probably not a broken nose but they hit her in the face when she tried to get away, I guess they hit her with a gun on the bridge of the nose,’’ Stare said.

”It was cut and her eyes were swollen, she had some bruising and what not. But other than that she seemed pretty good. She‘s strong, she’s a tough lady, she shovels my snow for me. Very independent, lives alone, just a very nice lady and it’s very upsetting when things like this happen to nice people,” Stare said.

The woman told Stare the attackers “trashed the place, moved matters, dumped out dresser drawers. They dumped out everything,’’ Stare said.

Stare said he’s lived in the neighborhood for almost 20 years and though there is “some vandalism”  but he’s never seen anything like this.

“For 17 years we’ve been here, raised our family here, and this is the first time, “Stare said.

Stare said he wished he could have gotten there sooner to help.

“I feel bad I didn’t hear anything when it happened though. But all the windows were closed, I was watching the hockey game, and my kids they had some friends in the basement.”

No one is in custody.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jefferson-park-home-invasion-belmont-heights-chicago-20131231,0,3391898.story

By Peter Nickeas Tribune reporter4:11 p.m. CST, December 31, 2013

Police are investigating whether the same men bound two women and ransacked their Northwest Side homes.

One of the incidents happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday and the other around 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to police. The home are three miles apart.

In the first incident, in the 5200 block of North Mobile Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, a woman heard a knock and, assuming it was her husband, opened her door. Two men pushed their way inside but the woman later told police she heard three different voices.

The men tied her with a cord they found in the home and put her in the back of the house while they ransacked rooms and stole money and electronics, police said.

In the second incident, a 67-year-old woman was hit in the face after two men broke into her home in the 3700 block of North Oconto Avenue in the Belmont Heights neighborhood. The woman freed herself from the restraints and ran to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor called 911.

The woman had bruises on her face but refused treatment from paramedics and told police she would go to the doctor with family members.

Police said the two attackers made off with jewelry and other items from her home.

Eddie Stare called 911 after the 67-year-old woman, his neighbor, ran to him for help.

“She said ‘Eddie, Eddie, they, they, I got robbed, I just got robbed!’ ” Stare told WGN-TV.

“I thought she came home and found the house ransacked and that’s when I started to go over there,’’ Stare said. “She said, ‘They tied me up and they beat me,’ ’’ Stare said.

Stare, alarmed, asked her if the intruders were still there but she told him they left. Stare called 911.

“I called police, they responded, tactical units, uniformed officers, they came in and talked to her, they got a Polish interpreter from the 17th District to come and speak with her. That was helpful,’’ Stare said.

“She speaks English fairly well but being nervous and everything, she couldn’t get the words she needed to explain herself,” Stare said.

Stare said though she was “shaken up” her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. “She had probably not a broken nose but they hit her in the face when she tried to get away, I guess they hit her with a gun on the bridge of the nose,’’ Stare said.

”It was cut and her eyes were swollen, she had some bruising and what not. But other than that she seemed pretty good. She‘s strong, she’s a tough lady, she shovels my snow for me. Very independent, lives alone, just a very nice lady and it’s very upsetting when things like this happen to nice people,” Stare said.

The woman told Stare the attackers “trashed the place, moved matters, dumped out dresser drawers. They dumped out everything,’’ Stare said.

Stare said he’s lived in the neighborhood for almost 20 years and though there is “some vandalism”  but he’s never seen anything like this.

“For 17 years we’ve been here, raised our family here, and this is the first time, “Stare said.

Stare said he wished he could have gotten there sooner to help.
“I feel bad I didn’t hear anything when it happened though. But all the windows were closed, I was watching the hockey game, and my kids they had some friends in the basement.”

No one is in custody.

pnickeas@tribune.com | Twitter: @PeterNickeas

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jefferson-park-home-invasion-belmont-heights-chicago-20131231,0,3391898.story

Armed HIs

Posted: February 15, 2014 in Armed HIs, Home Invasion Stories

After two home invasions in two weeks in Cranbrook, police have arrested three people.

As previously reported in the Townsman, the first home invasion occurred on Dec. 18 on 1st Avenue South.

Three people wearing masks and carrying firearms forced their way into the home.

“The subject they were looking for was not present,” said Cpl. Chris Newel. “There was an altercation with the residents, and they stole electronic devices then departed.

“On Dec. 24 there was a break and enter at the same residence; the incidents are believed to be related.”

Then, on Boxing Day, another home invasion happened on 6th Street North in Cranbrook. Four people entered a residence carrying a long gun, a shot gun, an Uzi-style firearm, brass knuckles and a baton.

“They demanded money and drugs but stole several electronic devices,” said Cpl. Newel.

A police investigation determined that the stolen items were at a residence in Kimberley. RCMP obtained a search warrant and search the home on Dec. 27.

“Stolen property from the incidents on Dec. 18 and 26 was recovered. In addition, several firearms were located and seized,” said Cpl. Newel.

After RCMP learned that the home owner was in the process of moving, they obtained a warrant to search a second home, where more stolen property was found.

A third search warrant was executed in Cranbrook, which found more stolen property.

Meanwhile, Kimberley RCMP investigated a break and enter on Dec. 24. Two firearms were stolen, which were recovered during the searches.

RCMP recovered the weapons believed to have been used in the home invasions on Dec. 29. Kimberley RCMP followed up on information concerning a vehicle used by the suspects. In the vehicle, police found a sawed off shotgun and an Uzi-style firearm.

“The Uzi style is a BB gun but looks real,” said Cpl. Newel.

After obtaining all of this evidence, police arrested three people.

“As a result of the evidence obtained, three persons were arrested and are facing a number of charges including possession of stolen property, break and enter, possession of firearms, robbery and wearing a disguise.”

Those arrested are two males, aged 23 and 24, and one female, aged 28. They appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace on Dec. 28 and were kept in custody to appear in court on Dec. 30. They are residents of Cranbrook and Kimberley.

“This was a very complex involved investigation that Cranbrook RCMP worked diligently to solve,” said Cpl. Newel. “Investigators were following up on the first incident that occurred on Dec. 18, when they learned of a second incident Dec. 24 and the third Dec. 26. They quickly realized the incidents were related and the suspects likely the same.

“Even though Dec 26 was a holiday and a number of officers were enjoying time with their families, they quickly began following up on tips.

“These dedicated officers put the safety of the community first. They responded to the situation, worked long hours and were successful in recovering stolen property, seizing firearms and charging three individuals.”

Source: http://www.dailytownsman.com/breaking_news/238109201.html

A rash of Baton Rouge home invasions since Sunday morning that resulted in the sexual battery of women has Baton Rouge police warning residents to lock their doors and be mindful of their neighbors, especially the elderly, because the attacker or attackers are still at large.

Since 2:30 a.m. Sunday, there have been three home invasions, two of which included forced entry into the homes and sexual battery of a woman inside the home, police said.

Police have not concluded the attacks are connected.

“It is uncertain at this time if these are related,” said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, outside police headquarters on Airline Highway. “We don’t have enough evidence to say for sure that these are related. The investigation is ongoing.”

The victim in each of the attacks was unable to give a detailed description of their attacker, but they all described him as a 6-foot tall man wearing dark clothing, gloves and something covering his face, Coppola said.

Police do not think there is anything connecting the victims to each other and nothing was taken from any of the homes.

Coppola would not say if investigators matched any unsolved home invasion or sexual battery cases to the most recent cases.

In these latest home invasions, all three victims were home alone.

“Fortunately these types of crimes are very uncommon, but unfortunately they are usually very brutal and very hard on the victims because obviously it is a violation of body and a violation of their home and the healing process can be very difficult,” said Rachael Hebert, executive director of the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center in Baton Rouge.

She said sexual crimes against the elderly also are uncommon.

While police refused to release the addresses where the attackers occurred, citing privacy concerns of the victims, Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa, a police spokeswoman, said police respect the public’s right to know and released information about the attacks and the neighborhoods where they happened for that reason.

The first incident occurred at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the Tara/Goodwood area.

A 78-year-old woman told authorities she heard a noise in front of her home, noticed the drapes parted on a front window and went to investigate.

“The victim was then grabbed by an unknown male subject who forced her back to her bedroom where he assaulted her and then left the residence,” Godawa said in a news release. “The victim was otherwise unharmed.”

A similar incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Glen Oaks neighborhood. A 34-year-old woman said she was awakened by her door being kicked in.

“He approached her in the bedroom where he grabbed her and attempted to assault her after covering her with a blanket,” Godawa said.

“The victim resisted the intruder and was punched on the face and upper body by the assailant before she was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house, where she contacted the police.”

A third incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Webb Park area, involving a 73-year-old woman. Police said a struggle ensued when the suspect assaulted the victim “at which time he struck her several times around the face and head area before leaving the residence.”

“As a precautionary measure, “Coppola said, “we would like to encourage the public to be diligent in locking your doors, being aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious or unsure activity to 911 or they can contact (225) 389-2000.”

Source: http://theadvocate.com/home/8101052-125/recent-home-invasions-seem-to

Two suburban men and a juvenile were charged with felony home invasion after assaulting people during two separate break-ins at an Elgin home, police said.

The home invasions took place on the 900 block of Carl Avenue.

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On Nov. 28, several people entered the home and held a 22-year-old man against his will, striking him and stealing items from the home, according to a news release from the Elgin Police Department. The incident was not reported to police.

On Jan. 3, a similar situation occurred when several people entered the home and struck a 38-year-old resident, who required medical attention, and stole items from the home, police said.

While investigating the Jan. 3 situation, police say they connected the first home invasion to three people.

Charged with one count of home invasion, a Class X felony, were: Ronald J. Brainer, 21, of Hoffman Estates; and Steven D. Flynn, 19, of Schaumburg; as well as the unidentified juvenile.

Flynn and the juvenile appeared in a Cook County bond court.

Brainer, who was transferred back to the custody of the Cook County sheriff’s office where he was previously in custody on a separate offense, will appear before a Cook County judge Thursday morning.

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140115/news/701159717/

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — A Jefferson County man has been sentenced for his role in two Clearfield County home invasions, with one of those targeting an elderly couple. The Gant Daily reported Eric Britton, 30, of Falls Creek, was sentenced to four to nine years in state prison plus fine and to make restitution of $1,132 in relation to the two cases. Britton pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary, criminal conspiracy and false imprisonment to the home invasion at an elderly couple’s home in Sandy Township on June 17. Investigators said Britton, Jeffrey Sprague, 29, of DuBois, and Austin Eheart, 20, of Palmyra, Va., broke into the couple’s home. Investigators were also able to pinpoint the three men to another incident in DuBois on June 12, where they broke into a house and assaulted a man. In December, Sprague pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and other charges related to the incidents. He was sentenced to seven to 14 years in state prison. Eheart also pleaded guilty in relation to the home invasions in November, being sentenced eight to 16 years in state prison.

Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/man-sentenced-clearfield-co-home-invasions-1338.shtml

Inner City HIs

Posted: February 8, 2014 in Home Invasion Stories, Inner City HIs

This morning, an East Bluff home invasion was called in to the Peoria Police Department. Although the home invasion happened last night, the victim didn’t call the police because he was afraid to report it. No weapons were seen.

The Dispatcher relayed the call at least two times over the course of about 90 minutes, before an officer committed to take the call…

You may recall, I posted about inner city home invasions earlier this month. Just this week, there have been at least three other inner city home invasions – one resulting in the murder of a young man with no known gang affiliations. . .

Read more at http://emergepeoria.blogspot.com/2013/12/inner-city-home-invasions-continue.html

Amarillo police are looking for a man who invaded two houses Wednesday morning and threatened to fight and stab one homeowner, Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said.

At 7:50 a.m., police responded to the 3100 block of Mockingbird Lane, where homeowners said a white man had walked through their front door, which was left unlocked as the homeowners were expecting guests, police said.

One of the homeowners asked the man who he was and what he was doing, and the man said he was looking for someone, police said.

The homeowner asked who the man was looking for, and the man did not answer, so the homeowner told the man to leave the house and told family members to call the police.

The man left the house and began to walk away, and the homeowner told the man to stay where he was, police said. The man then turned around, raised a fist and began walking toward the homeowner, authorities said.

At that time, the homeowner hit the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and the man pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the
homeowner before fleeing toward a nearby alley, police said.

While officers were investigating, a woman approached them and told them a man had attempted to force himself into her residence in the 3100 block of Curtis Drive, police said.

She told officers she noticed a man at her front door, and she opened the door before he pushed his way through, telling her “This is a home invasion,” authorities said.

The woman told police she hit the man and shoved him back outside before closing and locking her door.

The man is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds, wearing gray pants and a gray plaid shirt.

Source:http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-12-26/amarillo-police-looking-man-two-home-invasions