Man Flew Across The Globe To Break Into Teen’s Home — Mom Had To Use A Gun
June 28, 2018 09:47 By Fabiosa
It all began in an online chat, when a 14-year-old girl met a seemingly harmless 25-year-old young man.
After three or four months of contact, the teenager decided to terminate her communication with Troy George Skinner, who, unfortunately, didn’t take it well.
Feeling angry, Troy then decided to take a trip. He left New Zealand on a flight to Australia. From there, he flew to Los Angeles and then to Washington D.C., and finally from there took a bus to Richmond, Virginia.
Before breaking into the family's home, this man stopped at Walmart to buy a knife, duct tape, and pepper spray.
Knife was found in his possession which he had recently purchased along with a receipt. pic.twitter.com/B6LvR1dsID— Kirk Nawrotzky (@KirkNawrotzky) June 25, 2018
Arriving there, Troy picked up a brick and began striking the glass of the house of his pen pal, while her mother was at home with her two daughters. Faced with the threat, the mother warned the offender that she had a gun and that she would use it if Troy continued his actions.
It was when Troy threw the brick into the glass, shattering it around the room, the girls' mother fired two shots, hitting Skinner in the neck.
Troy is currently fighting for his life in a hospital in the United States as police try to investigate the case.
"All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home — in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him — the only inference is that he had very bad intent," sheriff James Agnew said.
Agnew also pointed out that she believed it wasn’t spontaneous:
That was something very well planned.
Sheriff's office: Mom shoots New Zealand man who wanted to meet teen. Troy Skinner is still at VCU Medical Center. He is going to be moved to a secure ward today. He has been officially arrested by police with no bond and will appear for a bond hearing when able. @NBC12 #RVA pic.twitter.com/9OH6qomsPR— Allison Norlian (@AllisonNBC12) June 26, 2018
The case is still under investigation as the family is trying to recover from this traumatic experience.
FBI is assisting in the case. Skinner was hit in the neck by a gunshot. Sheriff's office says he had previously been communicating with 14 year old girl online through an app called Discord. Was never invited to visit.— Kirk Nawrotzky (@KirkNawrotzky) June 25, 2018
It's stories like this that make us tell our children to stay away from strangers on the internet. Never reveal your personal information, such as the address, passwords, telephone numbers. And stay safe!