Two home invasions in Laurel Co. in 24 hours

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Police are noticing a new trend in Laurel County after two home invasions last week. The victims in both of the attempted robberies fought back.

Home is a place you should feel safe, but when that safety is threatened many victims are defending themselves.

"I am happy I protected my family, and that's something to take pride in," said victim Bobby Lee.

Lee was at home with his daughter Thursday when he saw a man in his home trying to rob him.

"I have been burglarized at different home one time before, and that's why I bought the gun some time ago. I have practiced with it some and ran the scenario through my head of someone breaking into the house so I was prepared," said Lee.

He shot one of the three intruders in the shoulder and waited for the Laurel County Sheriff's Office to arrive.

Twenty-four hours later a second home invasion happened in Laurel County, and once again the victims also defended themselves.

"The woman scuffled with the man long enough for her husband to get his sawed off shotgun, and he backed the suspect out the door and the suspect fled on an ATV back to his residence," said Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

Deputy Acciardo says they have noticed that more people are starting to arm themselves in case they encounter situations where they will have to defend themselves.

"They are learning when they are allowed to shoot and when they are not allowed to shoot, and I think that we are going to have better trained victims if you will that will better able them to protect themselves," said Acciardo.

Deputy Acciardo encourages everyone to have a plan like Bobby Lee did just in case.

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