The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 6, 2012

Sheriff: Nighttime intruders may have had wrong house

NEOSHO, Mo. — Four armed men’s invasion of a home and terrorizing of a family in the middle of the night in rural Newton County may have been a case of a mistaken address, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Ken Copeland said the family of four, including a baby and toddler, were asleep about 2 a.m. inside their home in the 6000 block of Raccoon Road.

“They heard a loud banging at the front door and the door was kicked in before they could even get out of bed,” Copeland said.

Four men with guns burst into the bedroom where they were sleeping and took the husband into a bathroom, where they began pistol-whipping him, the sheriff said.

“They kept demanding drugs and money of which the occupants didn’t have any,” Copeland said.

He said the intruders also threatened the mother several times in an effort to get the couple to give up the location of what they seemed to think would be a large amount of cash and crack cocaine.

As it became apparent the couple did not have any cache of drugs or money, the intruders gathered near the front of the house to discuss the matter. The father and mother seized the opportunity to grab their children and flee out the back of the house, the sheriff said.

The men then left, taking only a small amount of cash that the mother had in her possession. The sheriff said the suspects may have been in a blue Ford Taurus.

The father was taken to a Joplin hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the beating.

Copeland said the man and woman did not recognize any of the intruders. He said investigators think the crime may have been a matter of a mistaken address.


Text Only
Crime & Courts
Local News

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow