North Carolina (The Gaslamp Post) – Police say they broke into a couple’s home in the middle of the night, demanded money, and when they didn’t have enough; raped the wife. While her husband was able to fight them off so she could escape, they shot him in the back leaving him paralyzed.
The horrific home invasion which occurred early last month proves at least two things; evil can find you anywhere and criminals won’t obey gun laws.
On January 7, 2013, at around 3:15 am, police received a 911 call from a frantic woman who said that two masked men had broken into the home she shared with her husband. According to WRAL-TV the female victim told the 911 operator:
“We woke up, and there were these men in our bedroom, and they wanted money. We gave them everything we had, and we didn’t have enough,” the wife said in the frantic call, released Monday evening.
After handing over what little money the couple had, the Marshall brothers reportedly decided rape the wife. Her husband, identified only as 34-year-old “Jason” fought with her attackers enabling her to escape, but was shot in the process.
“I ran out of the house screaming, and then I heard them shoot him,” she said.
Neighbors recalled hearing the commotion said that:
“We heard a blood-curdling scream and then pounding on our front door,” neighbor Terry Iverson told WRAL News Monday. “She said someone had broken in and there were a couple of guys, and her husband had been shot.”
A witness told police that they had seen someone jumping from a window, and a neighbor had reportedly told police that someone had attempted to break into their home but was unsuccessful. That resident was able to provide police with part of a license plate number and a description of the car.
There police arrested both Marshall brothers, but ended up taking older sibling Jahaad to the hospital for “chest pains.” He was reportedly examined and released to police.
Both victims home invasion were transported to WakeMed for treatment. Husband Jason has reportedly been paralyzed from the waist down.
Police have charged both Marshall brothers with first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, and one count of attempted murder. Younger brother Shabar was charged with first-degree forcible sex. His older brother Jahaad was charged with first-degree attempted rape, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both Marshall brothers have since been charged in connection with a similar home invasion and robbery which occurred in December. According to WRAL-TV, the two are also suspected of breaking into another residence and holding a woman at gunpoint. They reportedly made off with $15 cash and two laptop computers.
Jahaad reportedly has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2003 where he was convicted of burglary and theft in a juvenile court, according to News Observer. In 2006 he was reportedly again convicted of burglary, and in 2009 was convicted of arson and grand larceny.
Both Marshall brothers are reportedly being held on $5 million bond.
Husband Jason is presently recovering from his injury and is reportedly confident that he will recover. A Facebook page has been set up by his co-workers which is accepting donations to help the couple make their home and vehicles handicapped-accessible.
He has reportedly been in high spirits since the incident.
“He is incredibly positive and joking. He is his same funny, sarcastic self that we all love,” said Rhonda Downum, a human resources manager for Cornerstone Therapeutics.
“It’s exceptionally difficult,” Downum said. “We do feel like we’re family members, and when something like this happened, none of us were prepared and didn’t realize how to deal with this. Everyone just wanted to help immediately.”
“It’s been very difficult knowing the journey they have ahead of them,” Downum said. “We want to make sure that they know we’re here for them.”
The home invasion has left the described close-knit neighborhood in shock. Neighbors are now reportedly fearful, according to WRAL-TV.
“These events have really startled people. I’ve heard neighbors who are frightened in their homes and are worried about their safety and the safety of their kids,” said Michael Buerkel-Hunn. “We want to look at each other across the street and take care of each other and make sure everybody is OK. I hope that our spirit of community will rise above these shocking events.”
“In 20 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Greg Lewbart said Wednesday.
(h/t: Nicholas Stix Uncensored)