Robbery gone awry: Indiana residents knock down intruder, turn his gun back on him after break-in

Robbery gone awry: Indiana residents knock down intruder, turn his gun back on him after break-in
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KOKOMO, INDIANA: A group of Indiana residents knocked down a would-be robber and kept him in their custody with his own gun pointing at him until the officials arrived at the scene, Kokomo police said.

The Kokomo Police Department reports that the incident took place at about 3.30 am on Thursday, October 27 when a robber, identified as 18-year-old Marrell B Tyler, broke into an apartment wearing a ski mask, and pointed his firearm at the three residents inside. But his plan backfired badly.

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The residents jumped on Tyler and pinned him down while knocking his firearm away. The department said Tyler’s gun went off but did not hit anyone as the group tried to disarm him again. One of the residents then retrieved his gun and held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.

Upon their arrival at the apartment on Washington Street, the police found 18-year-old Tyler with severe facial injuries suffered during the clash with the residents. Police then took him to the hospital before taking him to Howard County Criminal Justice Center for holding. “The residents informed officers that the detained, unknown male had entered their apartment wearing a ski mask and pointing a handgun at them,” the post made by the Indiana Police department read. “The residents grabbed the suspect and began struggling with him until the gun was knocked away from the suspect’s hand.”

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The officials have arrested Tyler on a burglary charge, which is a level 2 felony. However, they did not immediately share if any of the residents inside the apartment suffered any injuries. “One of the residents retrieved his own handgun and held the suspect at gunpoint until the police arrived,” the department wrote. “As a result of the struggle with the residents, the suspect received multiple facial injuries.”

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The police continue to investigate the incident and ask anyone with information to contact the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.

This is not the first such incident reported in the US this year. Last month, police revealed that an armed face-off on Staten Island resulted in a would-be robber's death after the two victims he approached late at night fought back against his robbery attempt. When officers arrived at the scene they found the 33-year-old unresponsive, the NYPD said. The preliminary investigation suggests the man lost consciousness during the scuffle. The two 29-year-old victims were treated for minor injuries at Staten Island University South Hospital.

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