Neighbors React to Home Invasion

by Brittany Shannon on August 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

The man responsible for a home invasion in Thornville is found dead after a self-inflicted wound. Neighbors say the quiet street in Licking County where it happened, wasn’t so peaceful following the invasion.

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office says that around 7p.m. Wednesday, 21-year-old Jade Rosato-Garey entered the home of Karen Skeen at 11625 Mount Hope Road, and pointed a gun at her making demands. She then fled from the home, along with Garey who ran into the woods.

When next-door neighbor Jeff Lasko arrived home shortly after, he wasn’t sure what to think of the multiple Sheriff’s cruisers in his neighbor’s yard.

"They had the police dog out and then another officer was following him with his weapon, and they started searching the woods," says Lasko.

Officers told Lasko to remain inside, and that the suspect they were looking for was armed. Not long after, he says the officers took off.

"I heard a couple of the officers yell Laurel Hill! Laurel Hill! And four of the cars took off and went up onto Laurel Hill, and eventually that’s where they found the person at."

Lasko says this is the first time anything like this has happened since residing at 11641 Mount Hope Road, but it’s not overly concerning.

"It is very quiet, it’s very peaceful. Other than people that live here, no one comes down this road, there’s never any problems, and you pretty much know all the faces and where they belong so had we seen somebody different it would have raised question."

The Licking County Coroner says that the cause of death was a single gun shot wound to the chest. They believe it to be self-inflicted.