Mother Shoots Intruder who Flew Halfway Around the World to Break In

The New Zealand man met her daughter online, went to Virginia, and attempted to smash his way into the house after buying pepper spray, knife, duct tape.

A woman found her house and teenage daughters under assault one night from a man determined to break in. As he smashed through the glass on her kitchen door, she shot him twice—but that was just the beginning of this bizarre story from

The man was identified by the Goochland Sheriffs Department in Goochland County, Virginia as Troy Skinner, 25, of New Zealand.

Skinner had met one of the woman's daughters online while playing video games. He then flew to Washington D.C. before traveling to Virginia by bus where he went to Walmart and bought pepper spray, a hunting knife, and duct tape, according to, before proceeding to the girl's home.

Skinner initially tried to gain entry by smashing the basement door with a brick. This sent the unidentified mother and her two daughters scrambling. The mother retrieved her Walther P22 handgun and met the man at the ground-level kitchen door, where he broke the glass with a landscaping stone, the story says.

Despite the woman's warnings, Skinner reached in and tried to unlatch the door. That's when she shot him twice with the .22. Skinner fled to the front yard of a neighboring house where he was taken into custody and flown to VCU Medical Center. He survived and is currently awaiting charges.

"He is not the victim," said Sheriff Jim Agnew in the story. "That lady and her family members are the victims."