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NEW INFO: Guilty Plea in Violent Home Invasion

By: Jennifer Rizzi, Olivia Fecteau, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, Olivia Fecteau, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/23/13 @ 11 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has admitted to his role in a violent home invasion that put an elderly woman in the hospital.

Casey Givens pleaded guilty Monday morning to robbery and malicious wounding.

Deputies say Givens and Aaron Chapman broke into two homes on Mace Street and Church Road in Pinch in February.

Both victims were severely injured, including a 74-year-old woman.

They have recovered from their injuries and are out of the hospital now.

Givens will be sentenced in November.

Chapman has also pleaded guilty in the case.



UPDATE 4/3/13 @ 10:10 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second person has been arrested in connection with a brutal home invasion in Kanawha County.

Casey Givens has been charged with two counts of burglary, one count of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

These charges stem from the home invasion style robberies that occurred in the 600-block of Mace Street and the 400-block of Church Road in the early morning hours of February 28.

The incident along Church Road left 74-year-old Ramona Jones severely injured. She remains hospitalized at this time.

Aaron Chapman has also been charged in connection with the home invasion.

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UPDATE 4/3/13 @ 9:22 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second man has now been arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Pinch.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com, Casey Givens turned himself in early Wednesday morning.

He is currently being taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court to be arraigned.

No other details about his arrest have been released just yet.

Aaron Chapman was arrested last week for his involvement in the invasion.

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UPDATE 3/25/13 @ 10:55 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The victim of a violent home invasion in Pinch last month is now left processing a shocking arrest.

Frank Mace, 59, says he's still on the long road to physical and emotional recovery after two men tried to break down the door of his home on Mace Street with a crowbar.

Now Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies have put one suspect behind bars, and Mace says it's someone he never expected.

Aaron Chapman, 21, of Pinch, was arrested Monday. Mace says he watched Chapman grow up in the neighborhood and saw him as a family friend.

"I've known his mother her entire life practically, so I've been around Aaron since he was born," Mace said. "He used to do some chores for me ... if I needed my lawn mowed or something, he would be the one to come and do it."

Mace says he never dreamed the young boy he knew would one day shatter his sense of security, but he says he's just grateful to have his life and won't be burdened by a grudge.

"I have forgiveness," he said. "Resentment is something that would eat away at you forever. I forgive, but I can't forget."

Sheriff's deputies have not yet made another arrest in the crime.

Chapman is also accused in another Pinch home invasion that week along Church Road.

That incident left 74-year-old Ramona Jones severely injured. She remains hospitalized at this time.



UPDATE 3/25/13 @ 9:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was arrested Monday in a violent home invasion in late February that still leaves an elderly woman hospitalized, according to information from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Aaron B. Chapman, 21, of Pinch is charged with two counts of nighttime burglary, one count of first-degree Robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery.

These charges stem from the home invasion style robberies that occurred in the 600 block of Mace Strett and the 400 block of Church Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 28.

The incident along Church Road left 74-year-old Ramona Jones severely injured. She remains hospitalized at this time.

Chapman was arraigned Monday afternoon in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

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UPDATE 3/3/13 @ 12:10 a.m.
PINCH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The victim of a frightening home invasion is speaking out about how he fought off his attackers.

Frank Mace, 59, of Pinch, still bears bruises and battle scars from the struggle. He says two young men tried to force their way into his home on Mace Street Thursday morning.

"I saw my life flash before [my eyes]," he said. "That literally happened."

Mace says the attackers rang his doorbell that morning and he opened it, believing his grandchildren were on the other side.

He says he realized the danger when he instead saw two strangers covered up from head to toe, but it was too late. He says the suspects started pushing on the door and even used to crow bar to try and wedge their way through it.

"They were coming at me as I was shutting the door, and as a result of them pushing the door I got this laceration on my forehead and a black eye," he said.

Eventually he managed to shut the door and lock it, saving his home and his life. But he says the ordeal can never be erased from his memory.

"I have lived here without fear of intrusion or anything happening to me all my life," he said. "My physical wounds will heal, but now it's going to be a while before the emotional wounds that were inflicted upon me heal."

Mace says the attackers also broke his window and vandalized his car.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for the suspects.

A 74-year-old woman was also targeted in a violent home invasion later that day on Church Road. She was found unconscious and taken to the hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Deputies say they are investigating possible connections between the crimes.

A community watch meeting was held Saturday afternoon to allow neighbors to join together to share information and let deputies know what's been happening in their neighborhood.

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UPDATE 3/1/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
PINCH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly woman is in serious but stable condition after a violent home invasion Thursday left her unconscious and badly beaten. Now, Kanawha County investigators are looking into whether the home invasion and another attack in the area are related.

Deputies said Friday that the 74-year-old victim may have opened a door in her home, through which the robbers entered and ransacked the house, brutally beating her in the process. A family member found the victim unconscious Thursday afternoon.

At this point, investigators say they believe there was more than one suspect. No arrests have been made yet, and deputies won't say what a possible motive in the home invasion might have been.

A younger man also was robbed and attacked in Pinch recently. Investigators are looking into possible links between the two attacks.

The small community off Church Road in Pinch is feeling vulnerable after the violence. Neighbors like Patricia Epling say they've never had reason to feel unsafe until now.

"You know, the doors are always going to have to be locked now. And you hate that, after 30-some years," Epling said.

Epling has lived in the Pinch neighborhood for 36 years. She said the victim was already living there when she and her husband moved into the neighborhood, and that many of the neighbors have also been there for 20 or 30 years.

"Our world has changed," Epling said.

Those neighbors are now wondering why the robbers took it so far.

"Yes, her home was broken into, but did they have to go to the point that they hurt her that badly?" Epling said. "Why could they not have taken what they wanted and just left her alone? They didn't have to physically hurt her like they did."

Thomas Hitchcock is the father of a woman who lives in the neighborhood. While he doesn't know the victim personally, he said it makes him sick when people target the elderly.

"I feel sorry for people like that," Hitchcock said. "Whatever happened to her, she didn't deserve it."

He added, "It's just not safe. I don't care where you go."



UPDATE 3/1/13 @ 3:15 p.m.
PINCH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After a violent home invasion Thursday that left a 74-year old woman unconscious and badly beaten, Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are now investigating the case and other similar incidents in the area to see if they are related.

Investigators said Friday that the 74-year-old victim may have opened a door through which the suspects entered, robbing her home and brutally beating her. They believe more than one suspect was involved.

A family member found the victim on Thursday afternoon, unconscious and badly injured. As of Friday afternoon, she remains hospitalized, in serious but stable condition.



UPDATE 2/28/13 @ 11 p.m.
PINCH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Officials say an elderly woman was brutally beaten and left unconscious after being attacked in her own home.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say the 74-year-old victim is now in the hospital in serious condition. The violent home invasion happened about 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Church Road.

They say a family member found the home ransacked and the woman unresponsive.

The crime has left neighbors in the community fearful for the safety of their families.

"Just a few houses down. It's a little too close for comfort," Holly Curry said. She moved into the neighborhood with her family less than a week ago - only to be greeted by the police cruisers and flashing lights.

"It's my children's [safety] that worries me, because there are times when they're here by themselves," she said. "I may question how often they're left here by themselves from now on."

Tom Hitchcock says he feels for the victim as a fellow senior and that these types of violent crimes seem to happen more frequently now than when he grew up.

"It just makes me sick when you see these elderly people preyed upon," he said. "I'm 68 years old and I believe in discipline..and that's something you will never see again."

In the meantime, Holly says she'll be a lot more vigilant in keeping after her new home.

"All of my doors will remain locked now...always," she said.

Deputies are not identifying the victim at this time. No suspects have been named yet in connection with the crime.

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ORIGINAL STORY
PINCH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene of a home invasion.

Deputies were called to the home on Church Road in Pinch about 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

According to deputies a family member found a 74-year-old woman unconscious with serious injuries.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies say her home was ransacked.

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