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Man injured during home invasion, police seeking suspects

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A rural Brazil man was injured today during an alleged home invasion that occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m.

Although details are sketchy due to the preliminary stages of the investigation, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Indiana State Police Terre Haute Post are investigating the crime scene, 8843 N. County Road 500 West, Brazil, located in northwestern Clay County.

The case is being investigated by lead ISP Detectives Sam Stearley and Chris Carter with assistance from ISP detectives Sergeant Troy Stanton, Tony Guinn, CSI technician Andy Lohrman and members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

According to an ISP press release, the tenants, an unidentified teenage couple and their 10-month-old son, were awakened around 3:30 a.m. by an unknown male knocking on the front door.

When the 17-year-old male tenant answered the door, the man requested to use "jumper cables" for his stranded auto. The man was told none were available, and then he asked to use a phone to call for help.

While the unknown male was given a cell phone, two other unknown males entered the home.

At some point, it was reported that two of the men attacked the male tenant with a blunt object while a third male confined the female in another room by allegedly displaying a handgun.

The suspects removed several electronic items from the home and went through the contents of the female victim's purse before leaving the home.

The only description available for the suspects' vehicle is that it was a dark colored 4-door, possibly an Oldsmobile Alero or similar type. No license plate information is available.

Suffering from head lacerations during the beating, the male tenant was treated and released from St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The female tenant and child were reportedly not injured during the incident.

Officials have released preliminary details about the three suspects, including:

* The first suspect (who was unmasked) is described as being a white male in his early 20s, with dark hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt,

* The second suspect (who was masked) has been described as being a 5-foot-9-inch tall white male, approximately 150 pounds, in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark ski mask and allegedly in possession of a gray handgun, and

* The third suspect (who was masked) has been described as being a white male wearing a dark ski mask and carrying a handgun.

Anyone with information relative to this case should contact Indiana State Police Detectives Sam Stearley or Chris Carter at 812-299-1153.

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I wouldn`t answer the door at 3:30am for one. But like you, I would call for help. whether for them or myself. Stuff like this never happened in the old days cuz you would get shot. Kids no longer have any self worth these days. Lack of disipline is the root of the problem in my opininion. And I am not talking about whoopins either. Parents or teachers can`t handle them. When they go to jail they get out worse. We get more laws we get more criminals. IN MY OPINION THOUGH.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 7:45 PM

I wouldn't either, but the kid was just trying to help the guy out because it was really cold out. This is terribly scary and I hope they get the guys that did this ASAP!

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 7:52 PM

Read the Tribune, this wasnt the only one that happened in the area last night. This was a terribly hard way for a young man to learn that you can't always be so trusting. Bet it won't happen again. These are hard times and it sucks you cant trust anyone anymore. I have decided that for the first time in my life, I will have to start locking my doors.

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 9:06 PM

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Jan 14, 2009, at 9:35 PM

Bet they were punks in they attended school , that is why they are doing this now. too lazy to work. There have been alot of break ins around Brazil, but the houses are empty. what is this town comming to little thuggletts.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 8:53 AM

I heard a report on channel 10 this a.m. that someone did the same thing to a lady not too far from these people on the same night and evidence linked them, possibly, so lets all hope the Police can solve this one very quickly before anyone else gets hurt.

-- Posted by Centered on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:08 AM

Thank You freedom1, no guts, no glory, and the bad thing is, bad things happen to good people usually helping others. The day will come when there will be no helping hands from others.Especially in bad economic times when needed most.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:14 AM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:45 AM

The kid in this report ended up with stitches in his head and several bruises. But the physical pain is nothing compared to having a gun put to your families head and told they were going to die. I have never locked a door on my house, but I can tell you this, if they come through the door, they aren't leaving the same way they came in.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:49 AM

-- Posted by opininated on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 4:18 PM

I feel that some of you are trying to put blame on the young man who opened his door. This is like blaming a rape victim for "tempting" a rapist by being a woman.

No matter how much or little trust he had, it was no way his fault.

Yes he will become more skeptical but the victim did nothing wrong.

As to guns, I fear that next time some innocent person in need of help might be shot if we let this make people trigger happy. Contrary to what some of you might believe, not every one chooses to own guns. While I do not challenge the rights of legal gun owners, not having a gun is also a personal choice. I like the idea of having 911 on the phone when going to the door. Hopefully this will not over use 911 operators but seems like a more levelheaded choice to me and will allow the helping of others to continue while taking precautions for one's own safety simultaneously. If I were in trouble, I would welcome law enforcement showing up on the scene as when knocking on the door you also aren't sure what is behind it. A good Samaritan, a meth lab, or some bozo who might not think before he squeezes the trigger.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jan 20, 2009, at 8:13 AM

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