GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are looking for two home invasion and robbery suspects in Gadsden after a Monday night incident which investigators say ended in the death of a third.
Gadsden police say a woman was raped by an armed attacker who then demanded money.
Three people kicked in a door on a Norris Avenue residence around 3 o’clock in the morning Monday April 13, 2015 according to Gadsden Police.
According to Gadsden Police Captain Bobby Jackson , the 37-year-old resident stated that two male suspects ransacked her residence while a third put a gun to her head and raped her.
Police say that the victim claims at some point two of the intruders left, but one stayed behind and beat her in the head with a gun while demanding money. The woman told the attacker that a neighbor kept all of her money in an apparent effort to stop the assault and get the attacker out of her home, according to Capt. Jackson. Investigators said the 17-year-old offender forced the woman at gunpoint to go to that neighbor’s home.
The owner of a nearby auto repair shop told WIAT that the neighbor they went looking for was staying in a camper on site at the business. According to police, when the pair arrived at the neighbor’s residence, the 59 year old man dialed 911 and armed himself. That’s when investigators say the attacker fired two shots in the air and pointed a gun at the neighbor, who responded by firing one fatal shot into the 17-year-old’s chest.
The 17 year old’s family is demanding answers. His sister tells WIAT they find the accusations hard to believe.
“We just don’t think it’s true. We need to know the whole thing. You’ve got people guessing. You’ve got different stories running around, got this other story running around. We need for whoever was with him, the other two men, to be found,” said Andrenetta Jones. “You know you just can’t run with one story. You’ve got to know the whole thing. Once the case is closed that’s the truth. And it still might not be the truth, but that’s how you would take it when the case is closed.”
Other neighbors along Norris Avenue are stunned to hear reports of the crime. Gene Randy told WIAT he didn’t hear any sirens or gunshots that night.
“I’m just glad she’s still alive and I’m sorry about the victim, that happened to him. It might not have should’ve never come to that, not to actually killing someone,” said Randy. “But when your life’s threatened I mean you just have to take matters into your own hands I guess. It’s a blessing that the guy was at home and the lady could get his attention and maybe just get our neighbors to look out and kindly pay attention and help other neighbors out you know that’s try to keep out neighborhood safe.”
According to Gadsden Police the neighbor that fired the fatal shot was questioned and released. The woman was taken to the hospital.
Gadsden Police are asking anyone with additional information about the case to contact the Gadsden P.D. Detective Division at 256 549-4630.
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