New York Brothers Beat and Stab Burglar to Death, Released Without Charges
QUEENS, NY — July 31, 2018
A 26-year-old would be robber broke into a house in St. Albans at about 2:45 a.m. on Monday, according to the police. There he encountered a 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man who attacked the robber.
As the two brothers said later, they woke up to a strange noise in their home. Then they went back down to the ground floor and along a corridor, where they noticed an unknown man rifling through their belongings.
The eldest brother grabbed a baseball bat and chased the burglar out. One of them reportedly pushed the robber out the door and locked it, but the man forced his way back inside. His brother then arrived at the scene, armed with the knife.
“I just saw the [older] brother beating him... He just kept hitting him,” said next-door neighbor Wayne Barrett, who ran outside when he heard his dog barking at the commotion.
The younger brother called 911, telling cops that a man was trying to break in.
When the police officers arrived at the scene, the robber was lying unresponsive on the street with injuries to his head and a stab wound to his chest. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
The two brothers were interviewed for several hours by police at the 113th Precinct and released without charges.
“It’s justifiable homicide,’’ the police officer said to journalists. “You can defend yourself in your home and on your property.”