MAGNA, UT – A disturbing home invasion occurred on Thursday morning in this western Salt lake City suburb as two masked, armed men burst into a home.
One of the intruders threatened to kill the family’s two-year-old son, saying he was going to “blow his brains out.” That is when the family fought back.
Sergeant Melody Cutler of the Unified Police Department said a man and a woman, armed with handguns and wearing ski masks, broke into the house near 3400 South and 7900 West demanding money and keys from the residents, the male suspect pointing his gun at the head of a two-year-old boy.
According to a booking document, the father “told him to leave and the male stated, ‘do you think this is a joke? I am going to blow your son’s brains out.’”
Sergeant Cutler commented on the emotional nature of the call:
“This was crazy what happened at this house. Anytime we have children involved, especially a two-year-old child who has done nothing to anyone. There’s no reason for anyone to threaten a small child like that.”
Cutler explained that the father took heroic action when his son was threatened:
“Understandably the father took action. He grabbed the gun from the male and it went off next to the right side of his head.”
With the help of his 17-year-old son, the dad subdued the would-be robber, identified as 27-year-old Colton Skeet Wilkin-McBride, but the violence was not over, Cutler added:
“He started yelling for help and when his female counterpart came in and began shooting at them.”
The woman, identified as 33-year-old Monique Briceno, shot the father several times in the back and chest.
Cutler further explained:
“The lucky thing in this situation was that it was a pellet gun. Otherwise, it could have turned out very, very tragically.”
Sergeant Cutler told ABC4 Salt Lake about the rest of the altercation:
“As the men continued to struggle, the mother of the household was able to disarm Briceno. Monique, who was arrested, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed our female victim. Our female victim was able to get the knife from her.
“This could have been homicides. I mean we could have had people that were killed in this situation. This could have been a horrific tragedy.”
The probable cause statement provided to Gephardt Daily for the arraignment of Wilkin-McBride and Briceno further explained the melee:
“When officers arrived on scene, the residents were holding down a male who had broken into the residence.
“He was identified as Colton McBride. Officers arriving in the area observed a female attempting to flee in a vehicle registered to Colton McBride and they could see she was bleeding from her face.
“The adult male victim told officers ‘two people who he did not know and were not expecting entered the residence and he heard a commotion upstairs’.
“He stated he ran upstairs and saw a male wearing a ski mask holding a gun aimed at him. (The male victim) ran to his bedroom where his 2-year-old child was, and the male followed him into the room.
At this point, the father grabbed Wilkin’s gun, and it went off next to his head, but no one was struck by the bullet. The father’s older son then ran over to help disarm the man and restrain him on the floor.
The affidavit continued:
“While they were fighting, the suspect yelled to the other person saying, ‘Babe come help me! The second suspect entered the room.
“The adult male victim ‘described the person as holding a black Glock and wearing a black mask and the person shot him several times. (The adult male victim) stated ‘I thought I was dead.’”
After the wild incident, the mother of the family needed stitches for a knife wound to the arm. The father and 17-year-old son were treated for minor injuries and the two-year-old boy was unharmed in what was close to becoming a multiple murder.
Wilkin-McBride was on federal probation, and a judge ordered him held without bail. He and Briceno are now locked up in the Salt Lake County Jail facing a laundry list of charges including aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.
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Messed with the wrong guy: Elderly Vietnam Vet holds home invasion suspect at gunpoint until police arrive
October 21, 2020
PARADISE TOWNSHIP, PA – A 72-year-old Vietnam War Veteran was the victim of a home invasion when a man came crashing into a window in his house in the Poconos. The suspect in the case must have thought the elderly man was an easy target, but quickly found out he messed with the wrong man.
The vet held the suspect at gunpoint until police could arrived on scene, roughly ten minutes later.
The homeowner and military veteran, Michael Snyder, was sitting in his chair in his living room enjoying the day, when he heard someone outside of his house before 5pm on October 18th. Snyder went to the door and spoke to the man to see what he needed.
Snyder said that he could not make out much of what he was telling him, however, he said that he believed there were people that were out to kill him. He said that it could have something to do with some kind of gang violence, according to 5 On Your Side.
“He didn’t make a lot of sense. He said, ‘Would you please call the police? Please call the police. They’re going to kill me.’ So I said ‘OK.”
Snyder told the man, later identified as Kwesi Skerritt, to stand outside while he made the call to 911. While on the phone with the 911 operator, trying to explain what was going on, he heard a loud crash inside of his house.
“I called the state police, called 911, and I’m talking to them. I’m in the garage, and I hear this crash in the house.”
That’s when Snyder alleges that Skerritt had entered his home by crashing through a window. Snyder, who was not about to be robbed, produced his firearm and pointed it at Skerritt and ordered him not to move.
“I had the pistol cocked and ready, and he was standing there in the kitchen.”
Thankfully, Skerrit kept calm and did not attack Snyder or do anything else that would have instigated a shooting. Snyder was able to keep cool, calm and in control of the situation until police could arrive to take the man into custody.
Snyder said that he was able to maintain his composure because of his experience while being deployed in Vietnam. He also expressed how happy he was that he was not forced to shoot Skerritt.
“When I come under fire, how will I react? Will it scare me to death? Will I be able to react? But yes, experience helps…I was so happy yesterday [that] I didn’t have to pull the trigger. I do not want to do that.”
The police did not seem to buy the story that Skerritt was in fear for his life and fleeing someone who wanted to kill him.
It also does not appear likely that they believed that Skerritt, who police did state they believed was under the influence of some type of drug, had entered the house out of some type of paranoia. If the police had believed that this was, in fact, what happened, they would have gone another route instead of arresting him.
After police conducted their investigation into the incident, they took Skerritt into custody for criminal trespassing, simple assault, and criminal mischief. Skerritt was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility and assigned a bond of $100,000.
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Author: James E. Lewis