NEW INFO: Homeowner Says Cousins Broke In Her Home, Husband Stabbed One

Deputies in Washington County said seven children were home when three people tried breaking in, but one of those burglars ended up in the hospital.

Alton Hardy / Devon Ward / Tommy Ward

A woman says her cousins broke into her home overnight where ten people were sleeping. Kenneth Spruill, the woman's husband, fought back.

The couple was at their home on Kim's Loop Road in Washington County with seven children and a grandmother when the three intruders knocked on the door. They kicked the door down after no one answered.

Spruill says he was beaten and kicked by the intruders. That's when he says he managed to stab one of them with a knife.

The three left the home when the family threatened to call police.

"If they wanted to go somewhere and they didn't have any money, I took them anyway, out of the kindest of my heart," Spruill told WITN. "Because they were my wife's cousins. It shows you can't trust anybody no more."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says all three intruders were caught.

25-year-old Devone Ward, 22-year-old Tommy Ward, Jr., and 23-year-old Alton Hardy have all been charged with first degree burglary and assault inflicting serious injury.

Sergeant Investigator Pamela Spencer says Washington County typically doesn't experience these types of violent crimes. The last home invasion she investigated was over a year ago.

Spruill says he's just lucky his children were not hurt.



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A woman says her cousins broke into her home overnight where ten people were sleeping.

The woman told WITN's Brendan King that the three people who broke into her home overnight were her cousins.

The woman was at her home on Kim's Loop Road in Washington County with her husband, a grandmother and seven children when the three intruders knocked on the door. She says after no one answered, they kicked the door down.

One of the intruders had a gun, according to the homeowner, who says her husband stabbed one of them with a knife. The three left the home when the family threatened to call police, she said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says all three intruders were caught.

25-year-old Devone Ward, 22-year-old Tommy Ward, Jr., and 23-year-old Alton Hardy have all been charged with first degree burglary and assault inflicting serious injury.



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Deputies in Washington County said seven children were home when three people tried breaking in, but one of those burglars ended up in the hospital.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said at 1:07 a.m. Friday, a mom, dad, grandmother, and seven children were in their Kim's Loop Road home when three people broke in.

Deputies said one of those three burglars was stabbed, but all three were eventually caught.

The burglar who was stabbed was taken to the hospital to be treated before being booked in the county jail, according to deputies.

Investigators said the father, whose name has not been released, also had some injuries to his head. That man was also treated and released from the hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

We are working to get the names and mug shots of the three burglars who have now been charged.

Stay with WITN as we continue to update this story.

Thursday was a violent night in Washington County. For more on a home invasion that left one man shot and bleeding on a lawn three doors down from his own in Plymouth, click here.


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Dispatchers confirmed there was a violent night in Washington County on Thursday.

WITN has confirmed there was a shooting reported in Plymouth while investigators are also looking into reports of a stabbing in Washington County.

We are awaiting further information from investigators on both cases.

Deputies have not said if the two are related.

Stay with WITN as we continue to update you on these developments from Washington County.


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