Home Invaders Imitate Law Enforcement “No-Knock”

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by Nick Wooldridge, Esq.

• A typical home invasion looks something like the following:

Tiffany Carter and an unidentified male accomplice could easily fit into the category of “what-was-I-thinking.” The thieving duo thought a good career move would be to add home invasion to their criminal tool kit. The homeowner had other ideas — and an AK47.

The duo knocked on a front door in Las Vegas, asking the 12-year old who answered if they could use the phone. As the boy turned, 29-year old Carter pushed the door open, grabbed the boy, and held him in a headlock. That’s when her male accomplice, armed with a gun ran inside the house and kicked down the bedroom door where 23-year old Jesus Javier Sanchez was resting.

• Increasingly, home invaders face an unexpected reprisal. In this case:

Sanchez grabbed his own gun and started shooting as he chased the now-wounded home invader out of the house and into the street. That didn’t stop Carter. She grabbed Sanchez’s mother’s purse and ran — more shots rang out. Carter and the male left the scene and headed for the hospital, where the man died and Carter was arrested.

Home invasions are violent crimes. They never end in a good way, regardless of who the “invaders” are. With homeowners increasingly afraid for their safety, many are arming themselves.

• Often, home-occupant fear spills over onto law enforcement in a scenario that plays out like this:

Police raid the home of a man who shoots and kills one of the officers. The man claims he didn’t hear the knocks as he had headphones on, but managed to hear the officers crashing into the house. He sees one of the officers and, believing that officer to be an armed intruder, opens fire. Only when the officer Click to see the original article