Friday, April 26 2013, 03:15 AM CDT
Home invasion robbery leaves owners in hospital
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-An early morning home invasion robbery on Hillcrest Tuesday left both homeowners in the hospital.
It all started with a knock on the door around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday.
"She cracked it just to see who it was and she saw it was a male wearing a ski mask," said Lt. Mike Budreau with Medford Police Department.
Police said Brenton Morrow overpowered the homeowner, forcing his way in.
Her husband saw what was going on and tried to defend his home by reaching for his gun. Police said Morrow got to the victim before he could get to his gun.
Police said Morrow had a knife and taser on him, and was asking for money.
Lt. Mike Budreau said the couple and suspect knew each other, and Police think Morrow needed money to feed a drug addiction.
Police said Morrow used violence against the victims. "The injuries were so severe to his ear that it was nearly severed off and had to be surgically re-attached and he also has a brain bleed from the trauma to the head," said Lt. Mike Budreau.
According to Lt. Budreau, the wife also suffered head contusions.
The couple was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Medford Police said Morrow drove away from the scene, with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said after Morrow wrecked, he tried to run, but was caught and arrested.
The homeowners were still recovering in the hospital Tuesday.
Morrow was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $4,020,000 bail.
He was charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree and burglary in the first degree.