I forget who brought up this trick or treat nightmare scenario - of thugs posing as trick or treaters.
Well it apparently happened this year - in Cincinnati.
I just heard on the radio the other day some (expert) woman stating that it's a fact that having a gun in the home is the worst thing to do for self protection. She must be speaking on the criminals' behalf?
Man, 84, Shot In Halloween Home Invasion Robbery
Reported by: Shannon Kettler
Web produced by: Neil Relyea
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 11/1/2005 12:47:56 AM
Last updated: 11/1/2005 3:00:18 PM
An elderly East Price Hill man remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after police say he was shot by men posing as trick or treaters who entered his home Halloween night.
Charles Iles, 84, was shot twice in the chest, once each by two suspects, as he sat in a chair and tried to call police, 9News learned.
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The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. Monday night at the home at 826 Terry Avenue.
Police say the four suspects posed as trick-or-treaters and forced their way into the home shared by Charles and his wife of 59 years, Ada.
"The homeowner said, 'Halloween is over'," said Sergeant Joe Richardson, of the Cincinnati police. "At that point, pushed her and the door back in. Both are elderly. Husband reached for the telephone and one of them shot him twice in the chest and all four ran away."
Police say the four suspects got away with nothing.
One of the suspects left behind a key piece of evidence in the middle of the street -- a black pull-over hood used for skiing.
"There was a logo on the bottom of the hood, almost on the neck band that showed the cardinal points on a compass," said Sgt. Richardson, "the north, south, east, west. It almost had a 'V' or a check on top of the logo. That's all we have to identify the mask."
Neighbors say the 84-year-old victim and his wife are long-time residents in the neighborhood.
They told 9News that there is outrage that such a vicious crime took place.
"He does not bother anybody in this neighborhood," said Stephanie, the victim's neighbor. "He says, 'Hi' to me everyday I walk up the street. His wife always waves at me. They are always friendly, they did not deserve this."
Charles Iles is a retired mail carrier, his son Steve told 9News on Tuesday.
Charles and his wife, Ada, have been married for 59 years. They have four children, 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.