UPDATE: Woman accused of breaking into elderly man's home arrested

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Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM EST
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UPDATE 11/18/16 @ 12:20 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County deputies have arrested a woman accused of breaking into an elderly man's home.

Melanie Dunlap, 42 of Eskdale, was arrested Friday and charged with burglary and robbery.

She faces up to ten years for each charge.

She is accused of breaking-in at a home in Cabin Creek where a homeowner fired a gun to scare off the intruder.

The incident happened Tuesday about 2 a.m. on Sharon Hollow Road.

Dunlap's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 28.

UPDATE 11/18/16 @ 10:40 a.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County deputies have arrested a woman accused of breaking into an elderly man's home.

Melanie Dunlap, 42 of Eskdale, was arrested Friday.

She is facing charges after a Tuesday morning break-in at a home in Cabin Creek where a homeowner fired a gun to scare off the intruder.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. on Sharon Hollow Road.

The victim is Darrell Foster, 78, according to his daughter, Barbara Quinn.

Quinn says the suspects were trying to steal Foster's pants, believing his wallet would be in there. It wasn't -- and Quinn says that's because he knew better. She says this wasn't the first time this has happened to her dad.

Back on Aug. 31, Quinn says Dunlap and a man broke into Foster's home and stole about $20,000 in cash, as well as his bank account information.

Dunlap is awaiting arraignment in Kanawha County.

No other information is being released at this time.

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UPDATE 11/15/16 @ 5 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office are searching for a suspect accused of breaking into an elderly man's home early Tuesday morning.

Deputies say a warrant has been issued after a break-in at a home in Cabin Creek where a homeowner fired a gun to scare off the intruders.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. on Sharon Hollow Road.

Deputies say a warrant has been issued for Melanie Lynn Dunlap, 42, of Eskdale. She will be charged with nighttime burglary and first-degree robbery from Tuesday morning's incident, according to investigators.

The victim is Darrell Foster, 78, according to his daughter, Barbara Quinn.

"My father is 78-years-old, sickly, has not been in the best of health for years and he doesn't need this aggravation," Quinn said.

Quinn says her father was startled when he woke up to three people in his home so he grabbed his gun.

She says they do know Dunlap because she is a former relative by marriage. However, they don't know the two men who were allegedly with her.

"They shoved him and pushed him down and went in the bedroom, grabbed his pants and then on the way back out, he shot her," said Quinn who got a phone call from her father after the suspects took off.

Quinn says the suspects were trying to steal Foster's pants, believing his wallet would be in there. It wasn't -- and Quinn says that's because he knew better. She says this wasn't the first time this has happened to her dad.

Back on Aug. 31, Quinn says Dunlap and a man broke into Foster's home and stole about $20,000 in cash, as well as his bank account information.

"They stole all of his identity, his credit cards," Quinn said. "We had two months, three months of nothing but hell trying to get everything took care of."

In the months that followed, Quinn says Foster got harassing phone calls and there were a few more attempted break-ins. Then Tuesday, she says they got into the house again, this time with a third person.

Quinn is glad her father defended himself this time. Otherwise, she fears he may be killed next time.

"Shoot 'em," Quinn said. "That's what I've told him from the get-go. Shoot 'em. Then we'll call the cops and we'll sort it out."

At this time, deputies say it doesn't appear Foster did anything unlawful.

Shortly after the incident, deputies say a woman showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Deputies believe that was Dunlap and that the two incidents are related.

Deputies are still looking for her. They have not released a photo of Dunlap yet.

No other information is being released at this time.

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UPDATE 11/15/16 @ 10:55 a.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a warrant has been issued after a break-in at a home in Cabin Creek where a homeowner fired a gun to scare off the intruders.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. on Sharon Hollow Road in Cabin Creek.

Deputies say a warrant has been issued for Melanie Lynn Dunlap, 42, of Eskdale. She will be charged with nighttime burglary and first degree robbery from Tuesday morning's incident, according to investigators.

Deputies tell WSAZ the homeowner was startled when he woke up to at least two people in his home so he grabbed his gun and fired it. The people inside the home took off.

At this time, deputies say it doesn't appear the homeowner did anything unlawful.

Shortly after this incident, a female showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Deputies say they believe the incidents are related and Dunlap was the victim of the gunshot wound.

Deputies are still looking for her.

No other information is being released at this time.

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ORIGINAL STORY

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A homeowner in Kanawha County had quite the wake up call early Tuesday morning when he realized some people were trying to break in to his home.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. on Sharon Hollow Road in Cabin Creek.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ the homeowner was startled when he woke up to at least two people in his home so he grabbed his gun and fired it. The people inside the home took off.

Deputies say at this time it doesn't appear the homeowner did anything unlawful.

Shortly after this incident, a female showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Deputies say they believe the two incidents could be related.

The homeowner was not hurt.

No arrests have been made.

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