Hempstead Man Uses Crime Stoppers to Turn Himself in for April Home Invasion
By Joe Randazzo Published: January 14 2014
Abram Owens turned himself in through Crime Stoppers months after an alleged home invasion in Freeport.
In April two men allegedly forced their way into a Freeport home. In an unusual twist, one of the suspects in the home invasion has turned themselves in by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline.
The Incident took place on April 10th, 2013. On that day, Abram Owens, 32, of Hempstead, and an accomplice, broke into a Rutland Road home. Once inside they were met face to face with two females. One was 21, and the other 22. Authorities allege Owens mistakenly shot the 21-year-old in the leg after striking her in the nose with his Silver Revolver. The revolver had apparently misfired.
The accomplice then said to Owens “You’re not supposed to shoot her.” This prompted him to leave while Owens continued the home invasion.
He then forced the two women upstairs and took a cell phone, and house phone. After taking their means of communication, Owens also ran off. The woman was transported to the hospital for her injuries following the home invasion.
After months of investigating Nassau County Police found a lead when Owens turned himself in through the crime stoppers hotline. Owens claims he was advised by a friend to do so after finding the story online.
“Typically, it works where a citizen saw the Crime Stoppers flyer and gives us a tip. For the person just to see the flyer itself and turn himself in, it is more unusual,” Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack told CBS.
Despite turning himself in using Crime Stoppers, he is unable to receive a cash reward.
The 32-year-old suspect is charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Violation of Probation, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree. Owens was arraigned in the First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday.
Owens’ accomplice for the home invasion is still on the loose.