The investigation into two home invasions that occurred on Dec. 8 in central
Pennsylvania led authorities to an out-of-state soldier. At first, authorities
charged the man with assault in connection with one home invasion
robbery. Later, they added a charge of attempted homicide in connection with the
second home invasion.
Allegedly, the soldier was one of several armed men that broke into the
two homes that night. The first incident occurred in Franklin Township.
The invaders reportedly assaulted two teenagers who were surprised by
the invaders as they watched television, though the injuries that the
teens suffered are unknown. In the second incident, invaders shot a man
in his bed in an apartment in Franklintown. Fortunately, the victim survived
The soldier's post is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,
and he resides in Bethesda, Maryland. Pennsylvania authorities did not
reveal what connection they believe this 23-year-old man has to these
incidents. However, authorities say they have enough evidence to charge
the soldier with aggravated assault, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment andburglary. Reports did not indicate whether authorities have made additional arrests
in connection with these attacks.
Prosecutors must prove that the accused soldier was involved in a home
invasion robbery in order to have any hope of a criminal conviction. The
man will have the opportunity to review the evidence and witness statements
gathered by investigators as he prepares his defense. He has the right
to present a defense to the charges before a jury of his peers, which
must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this man committed the
crimes of which he is charged. Failing that, no conviction can be secured.
Source: CBS Baltimore,
Soldier Charged With Second Home Invasion Robbery, No author, Dec. 17, 2013