Home Invader Fires 6 Shots Through Bedroom Door With 4 Kids Nearby

Friday, May 21, 2010

Police said a home invader fired six shots through a bedroom door at an apartment on Hixson Pike early Friday morning. A man was behind the door and four children were in an adjacent bedroom, but no one was hurt.

Darryl Theophilus Roberts, 44, of 3227 South St., is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, possession of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held on bonds totaling $540,000.

Police said they were dispatched on a home invasion call to 3825 Hixson Pike #315. Kelly Hartshorn said she was home with a companion, Jesse Wilkins of Tucker Street, when a black male named "Too Tall" came in through an unlocked bedroom window.

She said he began threatening them. She said the man went to the front door and let second black male in.

She said "Too Tall" kept trying to fight Wilkins, but he retreated to a bedroom and locked the door. She said the man then pulled out a revolver and began shooting through the door. Police said they went through the door and just missed Wilkins.

Ms. Hartshorn said the shots were fired so close to her head that it initially knocked out the hearing in one ear and left a ringing sound.

She said the pair fled out the front door into the night.

Investigator James Hostetter said Alpha Team officers went to Apt. 114 and located both suspects. They were Roberts and a juvenile.

The investigator said the juvenile's mother gave written consent for a search of the apartment. She pointed out all the belongings of Roberts and demanded that they be removed from her residence, it was stated.

The revolver believed used in the home invasion was found under the couch in the living room. It had been reloaded. Also recovered were a box of ammunition, some marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Investigator Hostetter said he concluded that the juvenile was actually trying to stop Roberts. He was not charged.

While an officer was standing inside the juvenile's apartment, Roberts' cell phone began ringing.

An officer looked at it and saw the text message: "I do not have one of those I am going to jail though I just put six through this b---- door."
It had been sent to a woman named Anna.

Roberts denied any involvement in the home invasion.

Police said Roberts is a convicted felon. His lengthy record includes assault, habitual traffic offender, thefts, drug charges and an aggravated robbery in 2000.


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