Police say man returned to site of home invasion after being chased away by owner with shotgun

Last updated: December 25. 2013 11:57PM - 15834 Views
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BERWICK — A man who was chased away with a shotgun from an alleged home invasion on Christmas Eve reportedly returned to the scene and complained to police that he was shot at by one of the victims.

Borough police were dispatched to a report of a robbery at 619 N. Mulberry St. on Dec. 24 and were advised by the Columbia County Communications Center that someone in the 600 block of North Mulberry Street reported hearing a gun shot. The reporting party provided the nickname of “BAM” as one of the involved suspects.

The responding officers also heard a gun shot and, upon their arrival, encountered an individual on the porch armed with a shotgun. This individual would later be determined to be the home owner.

Witnesses told police that two suspects entered the home and assaulted three people inside. The victims were forced to disrobe to their underwear and robbed of their money and cell phones. One of the victims was able to alert the home owner, who was unaware that a robbery was taking place.

The home owner and one of the victims armed themselves with shotguns, and the two of them then encountered the two suspects and ordered them to leave. The two suspects then fled the residence and entered a small red hatch back. It was determined that one shot was fired at the suspects, police said.

Officers secured the following items as evidence: two shotguns, one discharged 16-gauge shotgun cartridge, one shotgun wad, a men’s size 13M “Timberland Pro series” boot, a black Carhartt jacket (size XXL) which contained nine bags of heroin and a men’s knit hat.

Police said they determined the boot, jacket and hat were left behind by one of the two suspects — James “BAM” Hopper.

While police were still investigating the incident, Hopper returned to the scene and told officers he had been shot at by a resident of 619 N. Mulberry St. He explained he had come to the home to talk to the residents about someone giving his family member “fweed” (synthetic marijuana).

Hopper arrived in a red Toyota Prius, which he told police had damage to the driver’s side door from being shot. Officers verified that there was damage to the driver’s side door consistent with impact from a multiple projectile weapon like the shotguns recovered at the scene.

Hopper was detained and questioned and, after the interview, was arrested and charged with one count of robbery. An arrest warrant was been issued for Jason Adamo, who has been identified as the other suspect. Adamo has also been charged with one count of Robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Adamo is asked to contact the Columbia County Communications Center at 570-784-6300.

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