Category Archives: Robbery at Gunpoint

Killed – Jose Mendoza (Berwyn, IL)

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Three suburban men were ordered held today after they were charged with committing a botched New Year’s Eve robbery that ended in the death of a Berwyn man.

Eddie Garcia, Salvador Alvarado and Jonathan Ivory each face first-degree murder and attempted robbery charges for the shooting death of 20-year-old Jose Mendoza, Assistant State’s Attorney Brooke Shupe said Sunday.

Ivory, 24, of Westchester, picked up Alvarado and Garcia on Dec. 31, she said.

The three smoked marijuana and talked about doing a robbery, according to Shupe.

Ivory drove the trio to the 2100 block of South Oak Park Avenue, near the Millennium Cutz barbershop, and dropped Garcia off, she said.

Garcia, 21, of Alsip, waited in a back alley for Mendoza, Shupe said, and attempted to rob him when he walked up at about 9:40 p.m.

A struggle, ensued, and Garcia shot Mendoza once in the chest, she said. He got no cash from Mendoza.

Mendoza, of the 2600 block of South East Avenue in Berwyn, was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m. on Dec. 31, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Garcia fled to the getaway car after the shooting, but dropped his phone, the handgun’s clip and one of his shoes in the process, all of which were recovered by police, Shupe said.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-05/news/chi-3-ordered-held-in-new-years-eve-barbershop-killing-20140105_1_eve-robbery-getaway-car-eddie-garcia

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/berwyn-shooting-2100-oak-park-avenue-238375991.html

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/06/three-charged-with-murder-of-berwyn-man-on-ny-eve/

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Killed – Fernando Winters (Milwaukee, WI)

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) – A Milwaukee father and son are charged in the murder of a man who refused to hand over $50 in a New Year’s Eve robbery attempt.

45-year-old Eric Hill was being held under a quarter-million dollar bond on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted armed robbery. 25-year-old Deonte Hill is charged with felony murder, bail jumping, and illegally possessing a gun as a convicted felon. He’s under a $150,000 bond.

According to prosecutors, both Hills and 36-year-old Fernando Winters were at a northwest side hotel to collect money that a woman owed them. Eric Hill then allegedly tried robbing Winters of his $50 just outside the hotel. Prosecutors said Hill ended up shooting Winters twice, and never got his money.

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — He’s one of two people (a father and son) charged in connection with the final homicide of 2013, and now, he’s been sentenced in the case against him.

46-year-old Eric Hill faced two felony charges in the case: first degree intentional homicide and armed robbery.

Eric Hill on Thursday, October 9th was sentenced to life in prison on the first degree intentional homicide (with credit for 275 days served). He will be eligible for extended supervision after 32 years (in 2046).

On the armed robbery charge, Eric Hill was sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision, to be served concurrently.

A criminal complaint filed against these two says police were dispatched to the area of 72nd and W. Appleton Avenue on the evening of December 31st. There, they spoke with Fernando Winters, who told them he had been shot in the chest by someone he had never seen before following an attempted robbery as he was walking home.

http://wxerfm.com/news/articles/2014/jan/14/milwaukee-father-son-charged-in-murder-over-50/

http://fox6now.com/2014/10/09/life-in-prison-for-man-accused-in-final-homicide-of-2013-his-son-was-previously-sentenced/

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/1-man-killed-another-hurt-in-2-separate-shootings-in-milwaukee-b99175466z1-238326111.html

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/MothersAgainstGunViolence/MemorialToHomicideVictims2013

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/father-son-charged-in-new-years-eve-homicide-over-50-b99183199z1-239982731.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=168948431

Mass Shooting – Killed – John Kohler (Barberton, OH)

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting deaths of a Barberton father and his two teenage children.

Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, were arrested Friday on three counts each of aggravated murder.

Additional charges, including a potential death penalty specification indictment, will be considered when the case is reviewed later this month by a Summit County grand jury.

The arrests came on the same day that John Kohler, the Barberton father whose home was targeted by armed robbers on New Year’s Eve, died of apparent gunshot wounds.

He was shot in the home invasion burglary that also claimed the life of his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, and his son, David Kohler Carpenter, 14.

Kohler’s girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, survived the shooting and is recovering at an area hospital.

Autopsies this week showed that Ashley died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her brother, David, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He also suffered defensive wounds to his arms, reports show. They were found together in a back bedroom.

The haunting 911 call from a Barberton woman paints a picture of the aftermath of a shooting New Year’s Eve that left her and her boyfriend wounded and his two teenage children dead.

“Help, help,” a wounded Ronda Blankenship pleads to a dispatcher in the conversation released Thursday by Southwest Summit Communications. “I’m bleeding everywhere … my boyfriend is here. I have two kids here … Help, help, help. Oh God.”

The teens were visiting their father, John Kohler, 42, at his 7th Street Northeast home on New Year’s Eve.

His girlfriend, Rhonda Blankenship, 38, was also shot, but survived.

A call for help was made around 6:50 p.m.

AKRON, Ohio — One of two brothers accused of killing three people and shooting a fourth during a home invasion robbery in Barberton is mentally unfit for the death penalty, a judge ruled on Monday.

Michael Hendon, 23, of Akron, still faces aggravated murder charges in the Dec. 31, 2013 attack. Summit County Judge Amy Corrigal Jones ruled that Hendon mental disabilities barred him from being executed under state and federal laws.

Hendon is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday to determine how the case will proceed.

Hendon and his brother, Eric Hendon, 32, are accused of breaking into a 7th Street S.W. home in order to steal drugs and money, according to police.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/barberton-police-arrest-two-in-slaying-of-teens-father-1.456772

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/08/judge_rules_barberton_triple_m.html

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/family-prepares-to-bury-teen-victims-in-barberton-shooting-1.456621

http://fox8.com/2014/01/03/autopsy-results-on-barberton-teens-released/

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/01/victim_in_fatal_barberton_quad.html

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24627406/prosecutors-get-confession-from-suspect-in-barberton-triple-murder

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/24543218/death-penalty-sought

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?pid=168932974

http://www.coxfuneralhomeinc.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2367494&fh_id=13548

Mass Shooting – Wounded – Woman (Barberton, OH)

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting deaths of a Barberton father and his two teenage children.

Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, were arrested Friday on three counts each of aggravated murder.

Additional charges, including a potential death penalty specification indictment, will be considered when the case is reviewed later this month by a Summit County grand jury.

The arrests came on the same day that John Kohler, the Barberton father whose home was targeted by armed robbers on New Year’s Eve, died of apparent gunshot wounds.

He was shot in the home invasion burglary that also claimed the life of his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, and his son, David Kohler Carpenter, 14.

Kohler’s girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, survived the shooting and is recovering at an area hospital.

Autopsies this week showed that Ashley died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her brother, David, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He also suffered defensive wounds to his arms, reports show. They were found together in a back bedroom.

The haunting 911 call from a Barberton woman paints a picture of the aftermath of a shooting New Year’s Eve that left her and her boyfriend wounded and his two teenage children dead.

“Help, help,” a wounded Ronda Blankenship pleads to a dispatcher in the conversation released Thursday by Southwest Summit Communications. “I’m bleeding everywhere … my boyfriend is here. I have two kids here … Help, help, help. Oh God.”

The teens were visiting their father, John Kohler, 42, at his 7th Street Northeast home on New Year’s Eve.

His girlfriend, Rhonda Blankenship, 38, was also shot, but survived.

A call for help was made around 6:50 p.m.

AKRON, Ohio — One of two brothers accused of killing three people and shooting a fourth during a home invasion robbery in Barberton is mentally unfit for the death penalty, a judge ruled on Monday.

Michael Hendon, 23, of Akron, still faces aggravated murder charges in the Dec. 31, 2013 attack. Summit County Judge Amy Corrigal Jones ruled that Hendon mental disabilities barred him from being executed under state and federal laws.

Hendon is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday to determine how the case will proceed.

Hendon and his brother, Eric Hendon, 32, are accused of breaking into a 7th Street S.W. home in order to steal drugs and money, according to police.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/barberton-police-arrest-two-in-slaying-of-teens-father-1.456772

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/08/judge_rules_barberton_triple_m.html

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/family-prepares-to-bury-teen-victims-in-barberton-shooting-1.456621

http://fox8.com/2014/01/03/autopsy-results-on-barberton-teens-released/

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/01/victim_in_fatal_barberton_quad.html

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24627406/prosecutors-get-confession-from-suspect-in-barberton-triple-murder

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/24543218/death-penalty-sought

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?pid=168932974

http://www.coxfuneralhomeinc.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2367494&fh_id=13548

Mass Shooting – Killed – Male Teen – David Carpenter-Kohler (Barberton, OH)

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting deaths of a Barberton father and his two teenage children.

Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, were arrested Friday on three counts each of aggravated murder.

Additional charges, including a potential death penalty specification indictment, will be considered when the case is reviewed later this month by a Summit County grand jury.

The arrests came on the same day that John Kohler, the Barberton father whose home was targeted by armed robbers on New Year’s Eve, died of apparent gunshot wounds.

He was shot in the home invasion burglary that also claimed the life of his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, and his son, David Kohler Carpenter, 14.

Kohler’s girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, survived the shooting and is recovering at an area hospital.

Autopsies this week showed that Ashley died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her brother, David, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He also suffered defensive wounds to his arms, reports show. They were found together in a back bedroom.

The haunting 911 call from a Barberton woman paints a picture of the aftermath of a shooting New Year’s Eve that left her and her boyfriend wounded and his two teenage children dead.

“Help, help,” a wounded Ronda Blankenship pleads to a dispatcher in the conversation released Thursday by Southwest Summit Communications. “I’m bleeding everywhere … my boyfriend is here. I have two kids here … Help, help, help. Oh God.”

The teens were visiting their father, John Kohler, 42, at his 7th Street Northeast home on New Year’s Eve.

His girlfriend, Rhonda Blankenship, 38, was also shot, but survived.

A call for help was made around 6:50 p.m.

AKRON, Ohio — One of two brothers accused of killing three people and shooting a fourth during a home invasion robbery in Barberton is mentally unfit for the death penalty, a judge ruled on Monday.

Michael Hendon, 23, of Akron, still faces aggravated murder charges in the Dec. 31, 2013 attack. Summit County Judge Amy Corrigal Jones ruled that Hendon mental disabilities barred him from being executed under state and federal laws.

Hendon is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday to determine how the case will proceed.

Hendon and his brother, Eric Hendon, 32, are accused of breaking into a 7th Street S.W. home in order to steal drugs and money, according to police.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/barberton-police-arrest-two-in-slaying-of-teens-father-1.456772

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/08/judge_rules_barberton_triple_m.html

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/family-prepares-to-bury-teen-victims-in-barberton-shooting-1.456621

http://fox8.com/2014/01/03/autopsy-results-on-barberton-teens-released/

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/01/victim_in_fatal_barberton_quad.html

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24627406/prosecutors-get-confession-from-suspect-in-barberton-triple-murder

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/24543218/death-penalty-sought

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?pid=168932974

http://www.coxfuneralhomeinc.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2367494&fh_id=13548

Mass Shooting – Killed – Ashley Carpenter (Barberton, OH)

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting deaths of a Barberton father and his two teenage children.

Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, were arrested Friday on three counts each of aggravated murder.

Additional charges, including a potential death penalty specification indictment, will be considered when the case is reviewed later this month by a Summit County grand jury.

The arrests came on the same day that John Kohler, the Barberton father whose home was targeted by armed robbers on New Year’s Eve, died of apparent gunshot wounds.

He was shot in the home invasion burglary that also claimed the life of his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, and his son, David Kohler Carpenter, 14.

Kohler’s girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, survived the shooting and is recovering at an area hospital.

Autopsies this week showed that Ashley died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her brother, David, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He also suffered defensive wounds to his arms, reports show. They were found together in a back bedroom.

The haunting 911 call from a Barberton woman paints a picture of the aftermath of a shooting New Year’s Eve that left her and her boyfriend wounded and his two teenage children dead.

“Help, help,” a wounded Ronda Blankenship pleads to a dispatcher in the conversation released Thursday by Southwest Summit Communications. “I’m bleeding everywhere … my boyfriend is here. I have two kids here … Help, help, help. Oh God.”

The teens were visiting their father, John Kohler, 42, at his 7th Street Northeast home on New Year’s Eve.

His girlfriend, Rhonda Blankenship, 38, was also shot, but survived.

A call for help was made around 6:50 p.m.

AKRON, Ohio — One of two brothers accused of killing three people and shooting a fourth during a home invasion robbery in Barberton is mentally unfit for the death penalty, a judge ruled on Monday.

Michael Hendon, 23, of Akron, still faces aggravated murder charges in the Dec. 31, 2013 attack. Summit County Judge Amy Corrigal Jones ruled that Hendon mental disabilities barred him from being executed under state and federal laws.

Hendon is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday to determine how the case will proceed.

Hendon and his brother, Eric Hendon, 32, are accused of breaking into a 7th Street S.W. home in order to steal drugs and money, according to police.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/barberton-police-arrest-two-in-slaying-of-teens-father-1.456772

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/08/judge_rules_barberton_triple_m.html

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/family-prepares-to-bury-teen-victims-in-barberton-shooting-1.456621

http://fox8.com/2014/01/03/autopsy-results-on-barberton-teens-released/

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/01/victim_in_fatal_barberton_quad.html

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24627406/prosecutors-get-confession-from-suspect-in-barberton-triple-murder

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.cleveland19.com/story/27409507/brothers-in-barberton-triple-murder-seek-plea-deal-to-avoid-death-penalty

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/24543218/death-penalty-sought

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?pid=168932974

http://www.coxfuneralhomeinc.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2367494&fh_id=13548

Double Shooting – Killed – Howard Gardella Jr (Detroit, MI)

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DETROIT (WXYZ) – When 56-year-old Howard Gardella Sr. answered his front door Monday around noon, he likely thought the men standing on his porch were customers, but the two apparent strangers were there to rob Gardella who sells “medical marijuana” with his son, Howard Gardella Jr.

Once the two men were inside Gardella’s home on Northrop Street near Grand River, they shot at the father and the son.

A bullet only grazed the father in his neck, but Howard Gardella Jr. was fatally shot.

Relatives say Gardella Jr. lived in Redford with his 2-year-old son.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/son-killed-father-shot-at-home-on-detroits-west-side-search-for-suspects-under-way

http://chamspage.blogspot.com/2013/01/2013-detroit-homicides.html

http://www.davidcbrownfh.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/10873/id/2366174

http://deathnotices.michigan.com/view-single.php?id=333286