Frankford resident kills two home invaders

A Frank­ford res­id­ent who earli­er this month had been the vic­tim of a burg­lary killed two men who broke in­to his home and wounded two oth­ers the night be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, po­lice said.

Po­lice said the men entered the home on the 5200 block of Bur­ton St. through a kit­chen win­dow at about 9:50 p.m. on Nov. 24. One was armed, but the 30-year-old res­id­ent had a shot­gun, which he didn’t hes­it­ate to use, po­lice said.

The res­id­ent, who po­lice didn’t identi­fy, killed two of the men and wounded the oth­er men, po­lice said. Po­lice on Monday were still work­ing on the de­tails and couldn’t say if the two wounded men were with the rob­bers. No one had been charged as the Times went to press.

The wounded men got them­selves to hos­pit­als later. One 20-year-old was in Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter with wounds to a hand, a leg and his but­tocks. An­oth­er man, 22, was in Aria Health’s Frank­ford cam­pus in crit­ic­al con­di­tion with a wound to his ab­do­men.

Po­lice didn’t identi­fy the dead men pending no­ti­fic­a­tion of fam­ily. They didn’t ID the wounded men either.

The res­id­ent armed with the shot­gun was not alone in the home, po­lice said. A man and two wo­men, all in their early 20s, were in the home, too.

The house had been burg­lar­ized on Nov. 6, po­lice said, adding that one of the men who went to the house on Nov. 24 might have been in­volved. Taken Nov. 6 was a video game sys­tem, two laptop com­puters and two cell phones, po­lice said.

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said the same home was the tar­get of a home in­va­sion in Septem­ber.

Four neigh­bors in­ter­viewed Fri­day said Bur­ton Street and nearby blocks have seen a lot of home in­va­sions in the last six months. The cap­tain on Monday said he checked re­cords and said that the 15th dis­trict, the city’s largest, has had more than a dozen home in­va­sions since early Septem­ber, but not a lot in and near Bur­ton Street.

He said some of these ac­tu­ally were do­mest­ic cases.

One neigh­bor said he talked to the res­id­ent who killed the two men and said po­lice brought the man back to his house wear­ing a bul­let­proof vest.

“He’s mov­ing out,” the neigh­bor said. “He’s afraid of re­tali­ation.”

That neigh­bor said he didn’t want to give his name be­cause he, too, was afraid of re­tali­ation from the dead men’s friends or fam­ily mem­bers. He said he saw his neigh­bor kill one of the rob­bers on his front lawn. He said he be­lieved the dead men lived in the neigh­bor­hood, but he said he didn’t know their iden­tit­ies.

No oth­er Bur­ton Street res­id­ents in­ter­viewed Fri­day wanted to give their names. ••

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