Mom Shoots Guy Trying to Break In to Confront Teen Daughter

Troy George Skinner

Troy George Skinner Source Goochland County's sheriff

Troy Skinner of New Zealand was shot by the mom while allegedly attempting to break into the Virginia home of a teenage girl he met online.

'This was not random, not spontaneous, this was something very planned, ' Agnew said.

He then attempted to enter, and eventually "he got a brick and attempted to break that door down", Sherriff Agnew said, adding that he "attempted to violently get inside her house".

Troy Skinner, 25, is recovering from his injuries after being shot twice in the neck by the child's mother after he attempted to force his way into the home in Goochland, Virginia, on 22 June. But still Skinner persisted, the sheriff's office said, and having smashed through the door with the stone, he reached inside to unlatch it.

Skinner was struck in the neck and remains hospitalized.

He is also expected to be charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, with intent to commit a serious felony, Agnew said.

It was around this time that the sheriff's office received a second 911 call, from the woman's husband, who reported his wife had called him about a man dressed in black who was trying to enter their home.

He was found with a knife, pepper spray, duct tape and his plane ticket from New Zealand in his pocket.

Mr Skinner had bought a knife and duct tape after arriving in the United States, and County sheriff James Agnew said he had "very bad intent".

"[The attack] was pretty hard to fathom", Agnew said.

Agnew continued: "I have to emphasise very clearly, that while he may be.in the hospital [with a gunshot wound], he is not the victim".

"The lady and her family members are the victims".

The Sheriff referred the case to the FBI to determined whether any federal charges are warranted.

After Skinner was shot he ran and collapsed in a neighbor's yard.

They also said they had been in contact with Skinner's family and had offered consular assistance.

The mother was in the home with her two teenage daughters as Skinner tried to get in the family's home.

Two hours later, authorities received a phone call about a man wearing black trying to break into the family's home. "I do not have any background on him".

"The younger daughter attempted to stop communications with him he was opening other accounts in an attempt to keep communications open and she did not cooperate with him", Agnew said. He had been told in the past this daughter no longer wished to communicate with him. Skinner showed up at the girl's home Friday afternoon and knocked; after the girl's mother did not open the door, he saw her inside and yelled that he needed help after hitchhiking to the house. Agnew said Skinner met the teen while playing video games online. In total, Skinner traveled more than 8,000 miles in his attempt to meet the child. "When I sit back and think about it, I said, 'You've got to be kidding me'".

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