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September 4th, 2009
Two teens dead, one hurt in botched home invasion robbery

PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS

A resident shot three men who he said invaded his home with weapons early Friday in this Chestnut Street rental.

UPDATED 4:42 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 3 | San Marcos police do not anticipate filing criminal charges against a resident who shot three Luling teenagers, killing two, early Friday morning after they broke into his home in a west San Marcos neighborhood in an attempted home invasion. Also, authorities identified the man arrested at the scene as Frank Castro, 17, of Luling. See the story here.

UPDATED 1:18 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 3 | One resident of the home was a Texas State University student and two others are not students, city of San Marcos spokesperson Melissa Millecam said. Police Chief Howard E. Williams said earlier that he thought they were all three students.

UPDATED 11:48 a.m. FRIDAY, SEPT 3 |

by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

Investigators are still piecing together the chronology of a botched home invasion robbery early this morning that left two of the teenaged assailants dead of gunfire and one seriously injured by a resident of the Chestnut Street house, Police Chief Howard E. Williams said.

A fourth suspect, a 17-year-old man from Luling, was arrested later when he returned to the home looking for his accomplices, Williams said. Detectives were questioning the man when Williams addressed a press conference at about 10 a.m. He will be charged with aggravated robbery, Williams said.

Three residents of the targeted home, including the shooter, were questioned at police head quarters and released. Williams gave no indication that charges against the shooter are imminent but he did not rule it out.

“The whole matter is open to investigation. I don’t want to speculate on how the investigation is going to end,” Williams said, adding later: “I clearly would never say don’t defend yourself. I would not say that.”

Four suspects forcibly entered the home at about 2 am. Tuesday, Williams said. One was armed with a handgun and two others had pellet guns that Williams described as heavily resembling higher calibre weapons.

When he heard a commotion in the house, a resident of the home peaked out of his bedroom and, confronted with an armed invader, shot three of the men, Williams said. The fourth, whose name has not yet been released, escaped out the front door.

One of the shot men, who police have had difficulty identifying but believe is 16 years old, died at the scene. A second sixteen-year-old was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he died shortly thereafter.

The third man, also 16 years old, underwent surgery at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin this morning for what authorities characterize as serious but not life threatening injuries.

Jason Locascio, a Texas State communication design junior who lives next door, described residents of the targeted home as having large gun and guitar collections and other property that might have been attractive to robbers.

The neighborhood on Texas State University’s northern edge off North Lyndon B. Johnson Drive is populated heavily with college students.

He said, “There is a lot of traffic at these houses. I’m guessing they might have seen the Audi and the other cars and figured it was a good target.”

The state’s so-called Castle Doctrine, passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in 2007, provides criminal immunity to people who lawfully use deadly force under most circumstances to protect themselves in their homes or vehicles. The law does not apply however if the person provoked the attacker or was engaged in criminal activity at the time of the attack.

The law was sponsored by State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, a San Antonio Republican whose district includes San Marcos.

POSTED 7:29 a.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 3 | Two Luling teenagers are dead and a third seriously wounded after they were shot by a resident in an attempted home invasion early Friday in San Marcos.

The shootings happened shortly before 2 a.m. on Chestnut Street on the west side of San Marcos

One 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and a second 16-year old died at Central Texas Medical Center. A third teen, also 16, was transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with serious wounds.

Police are withholding the identities of the teenagers as the investigation continues. A fourth teen, who was uninjured, has been arrested in connection with the home invasion with charges pending.

According to Police Chief Howard Williams, police responded to a call of a home invasion with shots fired at 1:52 a.m. Friday. When police arrived, they found several people shot by a resident of the home.

Three residents were in the home at the time of the incident and were not injured. Police did not release the names of the residents. The investigation is continuing.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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10 thoughts on “Two teens dead, one hurt in botched home invasion robbery

  1. What is happening to our beautiful, sleepy town and especially the nice neighborhoods. This and the Burleson Street rape a while back hit a little too close for comfort.

  2. The homeowner was outnumbered and outgunned, and he was completely right to shoot to kill. I don’t rejoice in the death of two of the burglars, but I won’t shed any tears either. They went in armed, so on top of being thieving turds, they were clearly willing to act violently to get what they wanted. Hopefully this will make others reconsider the choices they make in life.

  3. I’m a resident of Luling (the town from which these kids were live) and recent graduate from the high school. I knew the two dead kids, and I know the two who are still alive. This incident is just another example of four kids who were bored and had nothing better to do. Ultimately, based on the fact that they knew the consequences of what their actions could be, they paid the price. Though I don’t know the whole story, I can tell you that all four of these kids were thugs, and I’ve known them to be that way for all of the time that I’ve known them. To answer a question, yes, the parties involved all knew each other. One of the residents of the house was aware of the four kids intentions. Either way, that’s my opinion.

  4. way to go…… break in a house and you will get it handed to you… funny how someone breaks in a home and gets killed and nobody has remorse about it, they say they get what is comming to you, but you pull someone over and the dog dies……omg the world comes to a stop….see if this thing ends up on opra or ggod moning america….not!!!! but if a poodle dies watch out you will be on world news…..you take a mans life you take everything he will ever have..

  5. Those “victims” as people call them are drug dealers. As stated in an interview from one that lives in the house, they have an “open door” policy and anyone and everyone is welcome, so tell me why this particular night any noises were out of the ordinary that would cause them to think there was a need to grab a gun and start shooting. Also, another interview from someone living in the area says they have people coming and going all night long due to the saling of drugs, so we know they weren’t sleeping…major flaw in their huge lie to get out of murdering kids. Those boys were not breaking in, they went there to buy drugs, which I don’t agree with but that does not give those idiots a right to open fire on them! So if someone is going to sale drugs out of their home I don’t look at them as victims. From what I hear all but one of those boys had been to that house before and knew the guy. Drug deal gone bad is what it sounds like to me, and I can’t wait for that to come out in the report to shut up all these stupid people talking crap!

  6. if you go in someones house with guns even to steal their drugs, even if the door is opened…… you might get shot….no excuse

  7. Given the looks of the house, it seemed an unlikely home invasion target. But the only indication I’ve seen that drugs were being dealt came from one of the robbers, not the most reliable information. And one would have thought that the SMPD would have done a reasonably competant search of the home, but there is no report of drugs found.

  8. Whether or not drugs were being sold in the house seems irrelevant. No one takes a pistol with them to buy a sack anyway. If someone threatens your life or property with force it is perfectly understandable that one would defend their life and property with force. It is a shame that these young boys paid the ultimate price, but what led them to that final night? Where are the parents? Why did one of the guys have a real fire arm? What were the warning signs? Is this just Darwinism?

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