MONROE COUPLE FIGHTS OFF HOME INTRUDER
August 01, 2008
(MONROE, WA) -- A home intruder bit off more than he could chew in two Monroe homeowners late last week and it may be a cold day in January before he attempts a similar crime. The homeowners not only fought off the armed intruder they seriously injured him in the pitched hand-to-hand battle and sent him to the hospital in serious condition.
Roger Angevine, a 48-year old retired business owner and his wife Donna awoke in their bedroom about 3:30 a.m. on the morning of July 24th in their rural Monroe home to find a stranger armed with a baseball bat and a gun. The home is located in the 21600 block of 164th Drive Southeast at the end of a private road.
The intruder struck Roger Angevine with the bat and ordered both of them to the ground saying he was there to rob them. That was when Roger Angevine, without the benefit of clothes or a weapon, decided to fight back.
He lunged at the intruder and hit him so hard with a body tackle the man’s head went through the drywall on one wall. This triggered a chaotic and bloody fistfight and wrestling match in which both homeowners were able to wrestle away the man’s gun and bat.
While Roger Angevine continued to wrestle and fight with the intruder Mrs. Angevine, who had taken martial arts training, hit the intruder repeatedly in the head with the bat while pleading with the man to stop fighting and give up.
The fight moved from the bedroom to a nearby weight room with the two men wrestling and fighting while Donna Angevine kept swinging the bat and asking the man to stop.
Finally, the man gave up and the couple tied him up with belts. Donna Angevine sat on the man until Snohomish County sheriff's officers arrived.
The couple ended up with stitches and bruises. Donna Angevine came away with a black eye and Roger has a large bruise on his side plus a bite mark on his thigh where the intruder sunk his teeth into him.
The carpet in their bedroom was so bloody it needed to be destroyed.
The intruder, a 24-year old man, is now behind bars after being treated at a hospital for his head injuries. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of investigation of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and possession of a stolen firearm. Bail was later set at $100,000.
Besides the baseball bat and gun the intruder brought into the couple’s bedroom, police found an unsettling arsenal in the man's backpack. It contained a knife, plastic zip ties, white nylon rope, black duct tape and a roll of toilet paper.
Police say the man told them he had walked to the couple's Monroe home from his residence in the Bothell area. The man reportedly told police he planned the crime in order to make quick money, suspecting the couple would have a lot of cash on hand since they owned such a nice house.
What remains a mystery is why the man targeted that particular and somewhat isolated Monroe home. The homeowners suspect it was not a random attack. They feel the intruder, whom the homeowners did not know or recognize, somehow knew the layout of the house and may even have known how to take care of the couple’s three dogs.
The man reportedly slipped in through an unlocked door of the home then went to the kitchen and took a slab of bacon from the fridge to lure the couple's three dogs away and keep them occupied while he went about his business.