Skip to comments.Wild chase, gunfire turns fatal: Cops: Dad mows down robbery suspect with SUV
Posted on 11/23/2004 7:39:28 AM PST by AreaMan
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 ONeal said yesterday. "I just couldnt take it anymore," ONeal said. "He put a gun in my face and threatened to rape my kids. Im not having that."
According to police, ONeal 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 ONeal allegedly ran over one suspect who fired at him, leaving him dead at the scene.
"I wasnt trying to kill anybody... I just wanted to get the tag number on the car," a visibly-shaken ONeal said. "But they intended to kill me," he added.
Police said the bizarre robbery turned fatality began in front of ONeals Cornwall Avenue home around 9 p.m. Sunday.
ONeal, 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.
Thats when he was confronted by the group of guys in the white station wagon.
ONeal 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.
ONeal 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 ONeal 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 ONeal 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.
ONeal 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 ONeals SUV.
Police said ONeal made the gruesome discovery after he exited his truck to retrieve his trucks bumper, which had fallen off during the incident.
"I looked down and saw half of him," ONeal said when asked if he knew the man was dead.
Half the suspects 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 cohorts 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 Gibsons 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, ONeal said yesterday he did what he had to do to protect his family and others.
"I just couldnt let this (type of robbery) happen to anyone else," he said tearfully. "Most people would run, but I just dont 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, ONeal said he believed thieves consider Hiltonia residents to be easy targets.
"But I wasnt scared for a second," he said.
At least nobody got hurt.
I nominate him for Congressional Medal of Freedom.
Don't mess around with those SUV's, they are dangerous.
"Dad mows down robbery suspect with SUV"
Ban SUV's - NOW!
Hasta la vista, Baby.
At least it wasn't an Assault SUV.
Guns Before Butter.
Nobody important, anyway. I am sorry about the man's bumper --- quite costly. I hope he has insurance.
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.
I'd rather shoot them. That's why I pack heat in my SUV.
"He put a gun in my face and threatened to rape my kids. Im not having that."
THAT just might be the priceless quote of the day.
An SUV that finally had a driver!
Sue the robber's "estate" for repairs to the SUV.
I love stories with happy endings.
I just LOVE a happy ending.