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Freeport Home Invasion Suspect Turns Himself In Via Crime Stoppers Hotline

FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Nassau County Police Crime Stoppers tipline got an unusual tip leading to the arrest of a man wanted for shooting a woman during a home invasion last spring.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the tip was phoned in Monday by the suspect himself.

The anonymous Crime Stoppers tipline and reward program has helped catch a number of suspects.

In this case, the suspect’s friend saw the Crime Stoppers flyer of the crime 32-year-old Abram Owens committed and alerted Owens. The suspect then called police to turn himself in, Hall reported.

“Typically, it works where a citizen saw the Crime Stoppers flyer and gives us a tip. For the person just to see the flyer itself and turn himself in, it is more unusual,” said Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack.

Owens is accused of a home invasion in Freeport on April 10, 2013 where the 21-year-old female homeowner was hit in the face with a gun and shot in the leg.

He’s charged with robbery, burglary, assault and criminal use of a firearm, among other charges. He was due to be arraigned later Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

A second suspect is still on the loose.

Owens is not eligible for the reward money offered for tips leading to an arrest.

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