Police in Indiana took two suspects into custody after a botched home invasion. Four suspects had broken into the home, but the homeowner shot two of them dead and held the other two at gunpoint until the police arrived.
The suspects had broken into the home in Dekalb County in Indiana. When they broke in, they were armed with a gun.
Reports revealed that the homeowner was woken up by his barking dogs. This brought to his attention that intruders were breaking into the home.
The four suspects consisted of two male and two female suspects, and one of the female suspects threatened him by holding a gun to his head. As he was held at gunpoint, two other suspects took things from his home and asked for money.
The four suspects were Shaun T. Kruse, 42, Tabitha L. Johnson, 36, Rameica Moore, 36, and Dylan Morefield, 22.
The homeowner claimed that the suspects made him write a check worth $500 with no name on it.
During the ordeal, he managed to get away from the suspects and get his shotgun. He then shot Moore and Morefield dead.
Then, at gunpoint, he asked Johnson to join Kruse, who was in the getaway vehicle outside the house.
He then told Kruse to call 911 for help as he watched over the suspects at gunpoint. They waited until the police arrived.
Once the police officers arrived there, they put Kruse and Johnson under arrest. Moore and Morefield were declared dead.
While talking to the police, Kruse admitted that he had driven the suspects to the home a day before. They were trying to confront him to get money from him.
They returned the following morning, and Morefield talked about "being gangster over and over." Kruse waited in the vehicle as the other three suspects robbed the homeowner.
Johnson explained that she had been at home on both days and had occasionally stayed with the man in the past ten years. Apparently, all she was trying to do was get her things from home.
Understandably, the police did not believe her story.
Eventually, Kruse and Johnson were charged with committing burglary using a deadly weapon. They also faced two felony murder charges over the deaths of their partners in crime.
The homeowner did not get charged with anything.
After news of the burglary and the unexpected outcome that followed, residents are more cautious of similar invasions.
Others pointed out that the same situation would have unfolded in many homes around the area. Tom Davis, who runs a car restoration business close to the house the intruders attacked, said:
"I think if you come in and you're caught, I don't think you're walking out."
In the state of Indiana, you can face murder charges if someone dies as you are committing a felony, even if the victim dies by some other means. That is why the surviving suspects are being charged with murder.
Hopefully, this will make would-be criminals less likely to invade other people's properties. The bodies of the dead suspects were taken to Northeast Indiana Forensic Center.