Monday, March 24, 2008

Arizona: Scottsdale woman shoots at persistent intruder

Scottsdale, Arizona

From the East Valley Tribune of March 24, 2008
Scottsdale woman shoots at persistent intruder

A 74-year-old woman twice shot at a man after he made repeated attempts to break into her home, extort money from her and threatened to set fire to her garage.

Hugh Turner, 52, was arrested by Scottsdale police about 2 p.m. Friday on suspicion of threatening and intimidation and other offenses at a residence in the 27800 block of North 94th Street.

Turner allegedly threatened to burn the woman’s house down after pouring gasoline in her garage about midnight on Thursday if she refused to give him money, police said.

After the woman complied with his demands, Turner fled but later returned to the home about 4 a.m. Saturday and tried to break into an upstairs door using a ladder. The woman fired two shots from a handgun, but the man was able to get away unharmed, police said.

Officer’s from the parks and preserve unit on All-Terrain Vehicles found Turner in a desert area near the home and arrested him. Turner also was arrested on suspicion of attempted arson on an occupied structure, theft by extortion, endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Turner was treated at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak hospital for an ankle injury he sustained after he jumped from the ladder at the woman’s home. He was booked into the Scottsdale City Jail. Police said the woman and man knew each other.

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