New Zealand man shot in attempted break in to US home repeatedly told to leave

Troy George Skinner had been talking to a 14-year-old girl online before travelling overseas to meet her.
Troy George Skinner had been talking to a 14-year-old girl online before travelling overseas to meet her. Photo credit: Goochland County Sheriff's Office.

The woman who shot a New Zealand man who attempted to break into her home in the United States had repeatedly told him to leave. 

Troy George Skinner, 25, was armed with a folding knife with a 2.75 inch blade and pepper spray when he smashed a glass door with a brick at the Goochland County home.

As he attempted to enter the house, the woman shot him in the neck with a handgun, Goochland County Virginia Sheriff James L Agnew told Newshub.

"The homeowner warned Skinner that she was armed and repeatedly told him to leave before she shot him."

Skinner has been charged with breaking and entering into a dwelling with the intent to commit rape, robbery or murder while armed with a deadly weapon, Sheriff Agnew said.

"This is a class 2 felony with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment."

Additional charges may be filed, he says.

Skinner, had been talking to a 14-year-old Virginia girl using Discord, an online chat service. After three or four months of conversation, she attempted to end their communication, WTVR CBS6 News Melissa Hipolit told RadioLIVE on Tuesday.

Skinner then decided to fly to the US to meet the teen, purchasing the pepper spray and duct tape when he arrived.

The New Zealand embassy, based in Washington, was notified of the event after it happened last Friday (US time).

The teen was home at the time of the incident.

Skinner is receiving treatment for his wound at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. 

He is being held without bond and will receive a bond hearing as soon as he is deemed fit to appear in court, Sheriff Agnew says.

Police along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the incident.

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