Man turns the tables on would-be burglars

LMPD Sgt. James Hellinger
LMPD Sgt. James Hellinger

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An unbelievable story about two Louisville men who defended themselves from two would be burglars. We're told the suspects showed up, pulled an AK-47 assault rifle, and attempted to rob the man and his roommate. That was until they took the gun and fired back.

According to LMPD Sgt. James Hellinger, it happened around midnight on April 13 at the Legacy Apartment complex off 3rd Street Road.

"The victim heard a couple of knocks at the door. He went to open the door, looked outside and nobody was there," said Hellinger.

But just as that victim was about to close the door, police say 33-year-old Andre Robinson thrust the barrel of his AK-47 inside.

"The victim and the suspect began to fight over the gun," Hellinger said. "Multiple shots were fired."

But Hellinger says Robinson wasn't alone. "A second suspect forced his way in. The victim called for help from his roommate and the fight was on."

Investigators say Robinson and the seconds suspect got more than they bargained for.

"They definitely messed with the wrong guys," said Hellinger. "Actually these guys were Iraqi immigrants and they were in the Iraqi military and, from what they stated, they are former Iraqi commandos."

After wrestling the gun away, one of the men shot Robinson in the leg. The second suspect, according to police, ran from the apartment and has not been caught.

"When you bring an assault weapon, that's a little more serious than bringing a hand gun," Hellinger said. "I mean these guys meant business when they went in."

Hellinger says even though the men did defend themselves, he doesn't advice others do the same.

"These guys were obviously trained," said Hellinger. "I would not suggest the normal citizen would fight with someone that is armed. Give them what they want and try to get out unharmed."

Robinson was not officially charged until Tuesday, because he spent the past two weeks in the hospital from his injuries. He is now charged with one count of robbery, two counts of wanton endangerment, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Robinson is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $100,000 full cash bond.

Police tell us the men living in the apartment are not facing charges at this point and it is a case of self-defense.

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