A group of armed robbers in New York at around 2am in the morning decided to go and rob a widow whose husband had just died a month before the incident. They knew pretty well that the lady had a lot of money and other valuables in the house because her late husband who was involved in a plane crash was indeed a rich man. Interestingly the robbers did not wear any mask as most of them do and their plan was to threaten the women to surrender and not to face them. When they entered the house they did as they had planned collecting as many valuables as they could.
When they had found all that they caught they went ahead and raped the woman. On their way out the four well built men heard the lady mentioning their names and so they were faced with a dilemma on what to do with her. When they were still thinking they noticed that the house had CCTV cameras and the police were also after them. They burned the house while the women were still inside interfering with all the evidence. By the time police arrived scene of crime they had gone and almost everything had burnt down, the woman was dead. The four men were later arrested as the suspects but there was no enough evidence to proof that they were guilty of the crime (Arsanjani, 2011).
The robbers committed several crimes at the same time, the precautionary act they took of arson that led to death of the lady who could provide evidence of robbery and rape. When the investigators arrived at the scene of crime they could not trace anything because people living around the neighborhood had already rushed to see who had burnt their neighbor’s house. The police and forensic investigators could not develop a criminal profile of the four suspects regarding the death of the woman and destruction of her house because there was no evidence to link them to the mentioned crime (Yochelson,2009).
Arsanjani, M. H., & Reisman, W. M. (2011). Looking to the future: Essays on international law in honor of W. Michael Reisman. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
Yochelson, S., & Samenow, S. E. (2009). The criminal personality. New York: J. Aronson.