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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 10, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Lowndes County couple fights back when two home invaders attacked.

The fight dislocated the jaw of the homeowner but one of the bandits fled the home with a punctured lung.

The robbers basically turned themselves in when they called police for help.

17 year-old Ashtin Daily is charged with robbery, burglary and aggravated assault. She's in the Lowndes County jail but her accomplice, a 16 year-old man is in South Georgia Medical Center with a punctured lung.

Investigators say he was stabbed in a home invasion.  "It was a ruthless attack on two people laying there watching TV," says Captain JD Yeager with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

Reports say Daily and the teen burst into the home of a Lowndes County couple. But the couple didn't take the intrusion lightly. Both fought back.

"He knocked the male victim to the ground and hit him several times in the face. He received several facial injuries including a dislocated jaw."

During the fight, the male homeowner grabbed a knife.

"He was able to stab him one time and that stab wound did puncture one of his lungs," Yeager says.

The masked bandits ran off but didn't make it very far.

"About 15 minutes later, Valdosta Police received a call that their was a stab victim in a vehicle. The vehicle description matched and was later found to have been stolen out of the city of Valdosta."

The news of the attack disturbs Edward Padgett, who lives right next door. He's been petitioning for lighting on the street and says if the area wasn't so dark, this crime might have been prevented.

"It's gotten to the point where the property owners and tenants here want to ride in their vehicles with spotlights and shotguns until we do get our lights put up," Padgett says.

The county says if he gets two thirds of the neighborhood to sign a petition, they'll give him his lights. He's positive his two scared neighbors will be the first to sign on.

Investigators believe the home invasion is gang related and want to remind all resident to lock their door after dark.

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