Jan 24, 2006 9:00 pm US/Pacific
One Killed In Bakersfield Botched Home Invasion
(AP) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. A botched home invasion robbery Tuesday in Bakersfield left one suspect dead and two others under arrest.
Bakersfield police say three men tried to break into the home of Norman Laxson, 71, and his wife Ramona, 69.
That turned out to be a grave error. When the dust settled, one of the suspects was dead, and another was in front of the Laxson home suffering from gunshot wounds. A third suspect was caught a short time later.
Laxson suffered some cuts but his wife was unharmed.On monday at 9:49 P.M. officers of the Bakersfield Police Department responded to the 9900 block of Kearney Hills Drive regarding a report of shots fired. While enroute, the call was updated to a call of an armed home invasion robbery in progress.
Officers arrived on scene and learned that 3 suspects at least one of which was armed with a handgun attempted to rob an elderly husband and wife couple inside their residence. The male victim fired several rounds from a handgun at the suspects during the robbery striking two of the suspects. The male victim sustained moderate injuries as a result of being assaulted by the suspects during the incident.
Officers located one of the suspects deceased from gunshot wounds in the front yard of the victim?s residence. A second suspect was also still at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. The third suspect initially fled on foot but was captured near the neighborhood by responding officers shortly after the incident unfolded.
The second suspect and the victim were transported to local hospitals for treatment for their injuries. A handgun was located near the deceased suspect. The identities of the involved parties are not being released at this time. Detectives responded to the scene and are currently investigating the incident.
Elderly man shoots robbery suspects to protect his wifeBy STEVE E. SWENSON, Californian staff writer e-mail: email@example.com
Posted: Tuesday January 24th, 2006, 12:33 PM Last Updated: Tuesday January 24th, 2006, 3:55 PM
A 71-year-old Bakersfield man responded to his wife?s plea for help by shooting at three home invasion robbery suspects, killing one and wounding a second, Bakersfield police reported today.
Norman Laxson, who has sold guns online, rushed to the aid of his69-year-old wife, Ramona, as she was confronted Monday night at her front door by the suspects, according to police and an Internet search.
Police responded to the 9:48 p.m. incident and found Laxson bleeding from multiple cuts as he was seated just outside his front door, the department reported.
Next to him was Jose Covarrubias, 18, who was on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
Nearby, was Jermaine Dabbs, 24, who was dead from a fatal gunshot, police said. A loaded handgun was located next to him, police said.
Laxson was injured in a struggle with the third suspect, a 17-year-old boy who attacked Lawson after his buddies were shot, police said. The boy wrestled Laxson?s gun away from him, police said.
(the firearm was empty..revolver)
The youth ran away but was arrested a short distance from Laxson?s house in the 9900 block of Kearney Hills Drive, police said. That?s in Rosedale near Brimhall Road and Calloway Drive.
Covarrubias was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.
He and the youth were arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and murder, police said.
The murder charge stems from the state?s felony murder rule in which murder charges can be filed against suspects in a felony during which someone was killed, even if the suspects didn?t actually fire a weapon.
Laxson was also treated at Kern Medical Center for his injuries and he was in fair condition Tuesday morning, a nurse said.
His wife was not hurt, police said.
Dabbs has a long criminal record from 2000 to 2004, including theft of a firearm, battery, trespassing, several thefts and disrupting a school, according to records in Kern County Superior Court.
He recently got out of prison from a 2-year term he receive in the gun theft conviction, records indicate. Covarrubias has no record as an adult in Kern County Superior Court.Local comments in an opinion poll about the shooting. We tend to have a hard assed population around here...... "Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire. Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us) off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you for torturing the cat." Gunner