The Journal Gazette
Friday, November 17, 2017 1:00 am

Teen faces 2 charges after home invasion

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

She awoke in the middle of the night to a gun pointed at her as she slept in her bed, her husband by her side.

“This is a robbery,” Daxton L. Thomas, 17, who was later arrested, told her, according to court documents. “Give me your cellphones and money.”

The woman obliged by getting out of bed and getting $20 out of her purse and the cellphones. Thomas fled the home in the 5100 block of Nassau Drive, near Lake Avenue and Reed Road. He had forced his way into the home after the couple's son opened the door around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Thomas pointed a .38-caliber revolver at him, court records said.

A police dog tracked Thomas' scent to his home in the 800 block of San Juan Circle, court documents said. Later the same day, police were called to Thomas' home, where Thomas was reportedly chasing family members with a hammer.

Thomas' parents gave consent to search the home, and police found the two cellphones that belonged to his earlier victims, court documents said. Thomas' father turned the gun used in the home invasion over to police, court records said.

Thomas was interviewed by detectives after speaking with the teen's father. Thomas confessed to knocking on the front door of the victims' home and pointing the gun at them. He also told police he threw a firecracker against the wall to make the victims think that he'd fired a shot.

Police asked Thomas why he had done this and he said he wanted to get a lot of money for drugs. He said he does not have a drug problem but wants to be a drug lord. During the interview, he gave police the $20 bill he'd taken from the woman.

Thomas is at the Allen County Jail charged Thursday with burglary with a deadly weapon and armed robbery. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 jail.

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