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Wild chase, gunfire turns fatal: Cops: Dad mows down robbery suspect with SUV
The Trentonian ^ | 23 Nov 04 | TRYMAINE D. LEE

Posted on 11/23/2004 7:39:28 AM PST by AreaMan

Wild chase, gunfire turns fatal: Cops: Dad mows down robbery suspect with SUV

TRYMAINE D. LEE , Staff Writer

TRENTON -- When armed robbers jammed a gun into his face and threatened to rape his two daughters, something snapped, Trenton resident Bob O’Neal said yesterday. "I just couldn’t take it anymore," O’Neal said. "He put a gun in my face and threatened to rape my kids. I’m not having that."

According to police, O’Neal jumped into his SUV and chased his attackers after they confronted him in front of his Hiltonia home Sunday night and stole about $1,500 in cash.

The chase ended minutes later, on Route 29, after O’Neal allegedly ran over one suspect who fired at him, leaving him dead at the scene.

"I wasn’t trying to kill anybody... I just wanted to get the tag number on the car," a visibly-shaken O’Neal said. "But they intended to kill me," he added.

Police said the bizarre robbery turned fatality began in front of O’Neal’s Cornwall Avenue home around 9 p.m. Sunday.

O’Neal, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a liver disorder, said he had returned home from an outing with his two daughters, ages 16 and 17, when he saw an old white Chrysler station wagon pull up and park a few doors down from his home.

Police said the 54-year-old single father of three escorted his daughters into the house and returned to lock up his Dodge Durango a few minutes later.

That’s when he was confronted by the group of guys in the white station wagon.

O’Neal said the now dead gunman hopped out and shoved a gun in his face, demanding money.

Police said he and his bunch made off with $1,500 and assorted credit cards.

O’Neal got in his Dodge Durango and trailed the four suspects along Route 29, eventually ramming his truck into the rear of their car.

Sgt. Pedro Medina said O’Neal rammed into the suspects car a second time, at which point the alleged gunman, a Hispanic male, fired two shots from the rear of the car.

Then the suspects hopped the curb and drove onto the median, with O’Neal on their tail, jumping the curb as well.

"They went into the grassy part and at which time they fired again," Medina said.

Three suspects hopped out and ran, while the fourth stayed, fired a few more shots, police said.

O’Neal said as the gunman fired those two last shots, he ducked under the steering wheel, and everything after that is kind of a blur.

Seconds later the gunman was dead, his body shorn in half, allegedly by O’Neal’s SUV.

Police said O’Neal made the gruesome discovery after he exited his truck to retrieve his truck’s bumper, which had fallen off during the incident.

"I looked down and saw half of him," O’Neal said when asked if he knew the man was dead.

Half the suspect’s body lay in a ditch off Route 29 southbound near Sanhican Drive, the rest of him was allegedly ripped from his torso, witnesses said yesterday.

Police arrived later and found the dead suspect. Medina said a silver .25-caliber handgun was recovered from the scene.

They later arrested two suspects, while the fourth suspect remained at large yesterday.

Kyle Gibson, a 19-year-old white male; and a 15-year-old black juvenile, both of Trenton, were in police custody last night.

Medina said the pair are charged with armed robbery, weapons offenses and possibly a felony murder charge in connection with their cohort’s death.

Gibson and the juvenile were arrested when Gibson called police sometime later and reported that his car, the one used during the robbery and abandoned at the scene of the killing, had been stolen.

Detectives used information from Gibson’s conversation with police to track him down and connect him and the 15-year-old to the crime, Medina said.

A third suspect, described as a 6-foot-1-inch black male, possibly nicknamed "Black," escaped capture and remained on the run last night.

While disturbed by the horrific episode, O’Neal said yesterday he did what he had to do to protect his family and others.

"I just couldn’t let this (type of robbery) happen to anyone else," he said tearfully. "Most people would run, but I just don’t have it in me to run... I had to protect my two girls and, I thought they were going to come back to hurt them..."

Yesterday evening as neighbors, curious about the fuss, walked past his home, O’Neal said he believed thieves consider Hiltonia residents to be easy targets.

"But I wasn’t scared for a second," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; crime; criminals; homeinvasion; newjersey; nj; rape; selfdefense; suv; trenton
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It's the Feel-Good Story of the Day.

At least nobody got hurt.

1 posted on 11/23/2004 7:39:31 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

I nominate him for Congressional Medal of Freedom.


2 posted on 11/23/2004 7:41:10 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: AreaMan

Don't mess around with those SUV's, they are dangerous.


3 posted on 11/23/2004 7:42:54 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, AIr Force, Pray for all our military in hostile territory.)
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To: wideawake

"Dad mows down robbery suspect with SUV"

Ban SUV's - NOW!


4 posted on 11/23/2004 7:43:00 AM PST by Trippin
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To: wideawake

Hasta la vista, Baby.


5 posted on 11/23/2004 7:44:20 AM PST by zygoat
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To: Trippin; Piquaboy

At least it wasn't an Assault SUV.


6 posted on 11/23/2004 7:44:22 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan
"TRENTON MAKES, YOUR LIFE IT TAKES."

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

7 posted on 11/23/2004 7:44:29 AM PST by South Hawthorne (Zell Miller- No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.)
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To: AreaMan
"I looked down and saw half of him," O’Neal said when asked if he knew the man was dead.
8 posted on 11/23/2004 7:44:31 AM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: AreaMan

Nobody important, anyway. I am sorry about the man's bumper --- quite costly. I hope he has insurance.


9 posted on 11/23/2004 7:45:00 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: AreaMan

This should have been a Concealed Carry success story, occuring at the house.

Now it might turn into a "3 Day Waiting Period for SUV's" story.

Hopefully he gets away without being prosecuted.

Hoppy


10 posted on 11/23/2004 7:45:48 AM PST by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: AreaMan

I'd rather shoot them. That's why I pack heat in my SUV.


11 posted on 11/23/2004 7:46:41 AM PST by libstripper
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To: AreaMan

"He put a gun in my face and threatened to rape my kids. I’m not having that."

THAT just might be the priceless quote of the day.


12 posted on 11/23/2004 7:47:21 AM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: AreaMan

SUV Justice.


13 posted on 11/23/2004 7:47:48 AM PST by jan in Colorado (I'm not opinionated, I'm Just Always "Right "!)
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To: AreaMan

An SUV that finally had a driver!


14 posted on 11/23/2004 7:48:05 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Hop A Long Cassidy; Trippin; Piquaboy
The man has traded in his SUV for a new car, pictured below.
15 posted on 11/23/2004 7:48:30 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan
after O’Neal allegedly ran over one suspect who fired at him, leaving him dead at the scene.
I wonder if the which half of the suspect felt allegedly dead?
Medina said a silver .25-caliber handgun was recovered from the scene.
Not a very smart robber, bringing a pea shooter to a car fight!

I had to protect my two girls
GREAT job DAD! And a THANKS from down south for getting another scumbag off the streets.
Chalk another one up for the good guys!
16 posted on 11/23/2004 7:51:04 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: MeanWestTexan

Sue the robber's "estate" for repairs to the SUV.


17 posted on 11/23/2004 7:51:34 AM PST by SlowBoat407 ( Just drive away and remove the piece of paper that is stuck to window later.)
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To: AreaMan
Seconds later the gunman was dead, his body shorn in half, allegedly by O’Neal’s SUV.

I love stories with happy endings.

18 posted on 11/23/2004 7:51:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: AreaMan
At least nobody got hurt.

LOL!!

19 posted on 11/23/2004 7:51:52 AM PST by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: AreaMan

I just LOVE a happy ending.


20 posted on 11/23/2004 7:53:39 AM PST by DocH (Release ALL your Navy records AND your private journal Kerry!)
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To: AreaMan
Right on. I love it when the good guys win.

And the gene pool just got a bit deeper.

I just hope this brave fellow and his daughters don't have any trouble from the dirtbags homies.

He might have to kill some more of them.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

21 posted on 11/23/2004 7:53:43 AM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: AreaMan
GRUESOME!

I wonder if the DA will be forced by "social activists" to attempt to press charges.

22 posted on 11/23/2004 7:55:09 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: AreaMan

Wonder if that guy's SUV was one of those converted lawn mowers from Monster Garage?


23 posted on 11/23/2004 7:56:14 AM PST by DocH (Release ALL your Navy records AND your private journal Kerry!)
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To: AreaMan

The dead one got what he had coming to him. Justice was served.

Things could've gone terribly wrong for that man and his daughters, fortunatly, they didn't.

Hang the other 3 perps... No questions asked.


24 posted on 11/23/2004 7:57:16 AM PST by odoso (Millions for charity, but not one penny for tribute!)
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To: SlowBoat407

You can't get blood from a turnip, alas.


25 posted on 11/23/2004 7:57:20 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: AreaMan

Bob O'Neal is in a heap o' trouble. He will be indicted and tried for this. This is New Jersey, after all.


26 posted on 11/23/2004 7:57:34 AM PST by gridlock (The Republican Party is a stupid party no more...)
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To: Paradox
I wonder if the DA will be forced by "social activists" to attempt to press charges

We had a DA here in Orange County who wanted to prosecute a elderly (70+) man for shooting a drug addict that was squatting in his rental property. Note, the old man was on his back being beaten by the doper when he shot said doper.

27 posted on 11/23/2004 7:59:27 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

Too bad all four of the criminal punks weren't cut in half.


28 posted on 11/23/2004 7:59:56 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: AreaMan

Too bad he didn't mow down all four.


29 posted on 11/23/2004 8:00:14 AM PST by FairfaxVA (SELECT * FROM liberals WHERE clue > 0. Zero rows returned!)
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To: AreaMan

Too bad he only bagged one.


30 posted on 11/23/2004 8:00:22 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: AreaMan

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
I was having a really crappy day, but my mood has been elevated by that uplifting story. Thanks.


31 posted on 11/23/2004 8:01:15 AM PST by Incandesia (Please don't eat the Newbie)
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To: Bon mots

There's a one scumbag limit per season in CA.

Greenpeace, you know.


32 posted on 11/23/2004 8:02:57 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: GrandEagle

LOL That's what I was thinking, a .25 is one of the worst weapons ever.


33 posted on 11/23/2004 8:03:33 AM PST by KoRn
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To: AreaMan

I am willing to bet, regretably, that the dad will wind up being charged and the relatives of the dead man will sue the dad and win. But, regardless, true justice has already come to pass.


34 posted on 11/23/2004 8:04:34 AM PST by ArmedNReady (Islam, the cancer on humanity.)
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To: wideawake

Amen to that! This guy should be given a medal! And the little gunslinging scumsucker is now roasting like he oughta be.

DAMN NICE JOB!


35 posted on 11/23/2004 8:04:42 AM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: AreaMan

Ban Assault SUVs Now!

Did it have a bayonet lug, flash hider, collapsable bumpers, extended gas-tank?


36 posted on 11/23/2004 8:05:02 AM PST by .44 Special (Death to Traitors!)
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To: gridlock

I thought the same thing, but the REAL danger for him is in the civil courts. They will prove that had the dad just run inside, this poor perp would still be alive. The dad was intent on doing the deceased harm. ONeal chased him down and killed him, on purpose. The perp, afterall, didn't intend to KILL Oneal, just rob him. The perps family will win a handsome civil reward in negotiation.


37 posted on 11/23/2004 8:06:19 AM PST by amadeus
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To: AreaMan

Seconds later the gunman was dead, his body shorn in half, allegedly by O’Neal’s SUV.<<

Good! O'Neill deserves a medal for good citizenship!


38 posted on 11/23/2004 8:06:41 AM PST by hushpad
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To: gridlock
I don't know about that. Per the article, the surviving perps may be taking the murder rap:

Medina said the pair are charged with armed robbery, weapons offenses and possibly a felony murder charge in connection with their cohort’s death.

Sounds like the Trenton DA may be fed up.

39 posted on 11/23/2004 8:07:37 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: amadeus
The perp, afterall, didn't intend to KILL Oneal, just rob him.

Well, the guy did shoot at him.

40 posted on 11/23/2004 8:07:41 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: amadeus
BTW

NEVER bring a .25 to an SUV fight. (heeheehee)

41 posted on 11/23/2004 8:08:03 AM PST by amadeus
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To: AreaMan

BTTT


42 posted on 11/23/2004 8:09:10 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: AreaMan

Uh-Oh....the Left is going to demand "Gas Pedal locks" now after hearing about this.


43 posted on 11/23/2004 8:09:59 AM PST by Hoboto
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To: KoRn
the worst weapons ever.
Closest thing to NOT having a weapon, and still have one. In some cases your probably better off without one - at least without on your perp./intended victim may not be angry too!
44 posted on 11/23/2004 8:11:04 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Cicero

I guess he went off half-cocked.


45 posted on 11/23/2004 8:11:04 AM PST by RolandBurnam
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To: AreaMan

You've gotta be kidding me. They're not going to prosecute, are they?


46 posted on 11/23/2004 8:13:20 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (DUmmies: You keep visualizing a Kerry win...we'll lead the world and beat the terrorists. Mmmmkay?)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

After his run in with the SUV, the suspect is half the man he used to be.


47 posted on 11/23/2004 8:19:37 AM PST by FastCoyote
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To: amadeus

I'm sure glad these scumbags can't read this. you laid out too much info for them


48 posted on 11/23/2004 8:19:58 AM PST by snowman1
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To: Choose Ye This Day
I don't know what the outcome of the situation was. I am sure the DA was getting many complaints from the population.

Orange County is home ot Leisure World (aka Geezer World) which is a MASSIVE, planned retirement community.

I never followed up on the story. I hope the DA dropped it.

49 posted on 11/23/2004 8:20:36 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: FastCoyote

Even before the incident, he never would have been half the man this father is.


50 posted on 11/23/2004 8:22:32 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (DUmmies: You keep visualizing a Kerry win...we'll lead the world and beat the terrorists. Mmmmkay?)
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