Police investigating fatal home invasion in Penn Hills
By Margaret Harding
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 11:24 a.m.
A Penn Hills homeowner overpowered and fatally stabbed one of three men who followed his wife inside and invaded their home Wednesday morning, police said.
Three men wearing ski masks went into the garage of the woman's home on Edinburg Drive about 7:30 a.m. as she returned from taking her children to school, said James Morton, assistant superintendent of Allegheny County Police.
The suspects struggled with her husband, who fatally wounded one of the men, pushed the invader out of the front door and then fled with his wife, Morton said. The couple feared for their safety when they left, Morton said.
The Medical Examiner's Office said the man, who carried no identification, died of a single stab wound in the back but suffered other non-fatal stab wounds in his neck and back.
“It's random as far as we know,” Morton said. “We found nothing suspicious in the home.”
Neighbors described the couple, identified as Eric and Ketisha Timbers, as pleasant people who married about a year ago. Kevin Barefoot, who lives next door, said Eric Timbers is a power-lifter. The couple could not be reached for comment.
“He's a very big man,” Barefoot said. “I wouldn't want to tangle with him. He's the kind of neighbor you want to have.”
Barefoot said his daughter often plays with one of the couple's children. He said he stepped out of his house with his dog and saw a man's body on the Timbers' front porch. He used the TV show “SpongeBob SquarePants” to keep his daughters distracted as investigators gathered evidence outside.
“Just the fact that it could be something random is really terrifying,” Barefoot said. “It's something to try to process right now.”
The other two suspects fled in a newer-model, black Chrysler 300, police said.
Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said officers haven't had any issues at the Edinburg Drive house. Morton said the homeowners were cooperative, and police are investigating the incident as a home invasion.
“It's a quiet area in Penn Hills,” said Tom Colcombe, who lives across the street. “I think the biggest reaction is that it was a random. That's the part that bothers me a lot. It could've been anybody's home. The folks that did this picked on the wrong person.”
Laws allow people to use deadly force when attacked in their home. In August, county police charged a Port Vue man with drug possession, but not with the fatal shooting of one of the two men who broke into his home and tried to rob him of marijuana.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Worilds loses sack; Big Ben gets 1st career catch
- Pirates sign free agent pitcher Volquez
- Pirates not yet talking extensions with Alvarez, Walker
- McCutchen proposes to girlfriend on DeGeneres show
- Pirates make inquiry into former Cy Young winner Johan Santana
- Police: Driver fell unconscious before Seton Hill bus crash
- Moon wrestling program building with Quaker Valley’s cooperative agreement
- Pilot in San Francisco crash blames stress
- Personality Test: New Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre addition adjusting to city
- Lawmakers send 5 measures to Corbett targeting child abuse
- South Connellsville Borough to hold ‘Christmas Celebration’