An early-morning home invasion left one of the suspected burglars dead and an accomplice facing murder and other charges. The victims, a northwest Canton couple, awoke about 2 a.m. Monday to two masked men pistol-whipping them during a robbery attempt, according to investigators. They say the resident fatally shot one of the intruders while a second as-yet-unidentified burglar ran from the home in the 2600 block of Second Street NW. Police later in the day charged the suspected driver, Joi T. Griffith. The 28-year-old was booked into the Stark County Jail Monday afternoon on charges of murder, complicity to aggravated burglary and obstructing justice. She is accused of driving Nicholas A. Hug, 24, and another unidentified man to the home, where the men forced their way inside. Police Capt. Dave Davis (said) the homeowners were awakened by two men hitting them with guns, one weapon being a rifle Hug was using. Davis said the victims did not know the men. At some point during the attack, the robbers left the bedroom and went downstairs in search of money, detectives believe. But by the time they headed back up the stairway, the homeowner had retrieved his own pistol. He opened fire on them, shooting Hug several times, Davis said. “One of the individuals, Nicholas Hug, did discharge three rounds from his rifle before being shot and killed by the homeowner,” according to court records filed in the case by police. [full article]
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