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South Hills Home Invasion Drug Related; Suspect Caught On Camera
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jan. 19, 2012 8:32 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 8:57 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Four South Hills home invasion suspects are still on the run, and police say it was a crime fueled by drugs.
Cabell Franklin, 22, was shot in the leg and stabbed three times in the back, Wednesday night at his father's home on Wildacre Road. Police say he's going to be okay, but now, he'll face felony charges, as the search for he and his father's attackers continues.
"This is not a random act of violence. This is nothing that is going through South Hills," explained Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton. "This is an incident that targeted that home individually."
A home police say was targeted for what was inside...drugs, cash, and guns that are said to have belonged to Cabell Franklin.
"We believe that he knows or knows of the people that did this home invasion and put the people of South Hills in danger," explains Eggleton.
Police are on the hunt for four young black men who went into the South Hills home, held the homeowner, Alex Franklin, at gunpoint, and shot and stabbed his son, Cabell, before fleeing with cash and marijuana.
"Alex is the true victim of a home invasion. These four black males forced him to the ground at gun point, threatened to kill him," said Eggleton.
After the home invasion, one of the suspects fled on foot to Overbrook Elementary, more than a mile away. He was caught on surveillance video running through the parking lot. You can also see numerous police cars in the video driving by in an attempt to find him, but police say someone likely came and picked him up. Police think the other three suspects fled the scene in a car.
Police say the suspect caught on camera at the school was wounded.
"Due to the crime scene we have at Overbrook, we believe he may have an injury to a hand or face. This person has lost a significant amount of blood," says Eggleton.
Police are also investigating if this home invasion and two others in the last two weeks in Fayette County are connected. All were allegedly fueled by drugs, and had similar suspect descriptions.
"We think it may be the same people and if so, we're on the right track," says Eggleton.
Police don't think Alex Franklin knew about the drug activity going on inside his home. Neighbors reported to police seeing a lot of traffic in and out of the house.
Eggleton says they've searched local hospitals for the injured suspect, but have come up empty handed.
If you have any information, call Charleston Police.
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