Family of slain intruder
baffled but understanding
Originally ran here
"Family of slain intruder baffled"
Saturday, June 9, 2001
Bruce Cadwallader, Columbus
Dispatch Staff Reporter
A father of four with no known criminal record
was identified yesterday as the robbery suspect killed
Thursday at a South Side home.
The family of the suspect, Robert F. Wilson
Jr., 29, said yesterday they had no explanation for his actions. The unemployed
father had missed his daughter's middle-school graduation ceremony Thursday to
meet a buddy, they said.
Wilson was shot and killed about 11:30 p.m.
when he forced his way inside 1718 S. 20th St. with a gun, Columbus police said.
An alleged accomplice fled through a rear door
before Wilson was shot, residents at the Lincoln Park apartment told police.
Wilson was shot by Charles Daniels Sr., 46, who
was visiting his son when the robbery occurred.
Daniels was questioned by officers but is
believed to have acted in self-defense, police said. He told investigators that
he fired to protect those in the apartment, including three children.
Daniels has declined to comment.
One of the occupants said Wilson forced her at
gunpoint to take him around the apartment to look for money and jewelry. He had
been given a stash of money when Daniels shot him.
A search warrant filed in Franklin County
Municipal Court by police yesterday showed that $1,000 in cash, a pistol, a
rifle, a shotgun and ammunition had been taken from the bedroom where Wilson was
found dead. People inside the home said they had stored $6,000 under a blanket
Homicide Lt. Mary Kerins said police had no
record of Wilson.
"He didn't even have a jaywalking ticket.
He never took anything in his life,'' said Wilson's mother, Brenda, surrounded
by relatives at her East Side apartment. "He called me every day just to
check on me, but I didn't hear from him on Wednesday.''
Wilson's wife, Kim, said he called her Thursday
to say he had made other plans and would not attend the ceremony for his
10-year-old daughter, Shanae. Police notified the family late Thursday about his
Wilson's oldest sister, Angela Packer, said
police and the family want to know more about the alleged accomplice.
"He might have been put up to this to go
look for weed,'' Packer said of her brother.
Wilson most recently worked two months as a
custodian at Ohio State University. Funeral arrangements were incomplete