Home Invasion Thwarted When Victims Realized Weapon Was BB Gun, Police Say

According to Phoenixville Police, the gunman was threatening to shoot a 9-month-old infant in the Bridge Street apartment.

A Bridge Street family turned the tables on four home invaders last week, when they and a group of friends realized the alleged would-be robbers were armed with a BB gun, not a revolver, and forced them out of the apartment.

Linden Charles Hornung, 18, the alleged gunman, was arrested and charged for the crime. Phoenixville Patch is attempting to get information on the status of his three alleged partners.

According to court documents, on February 7 sometime before 7:03 p.m., four men assaulted a Phoenixville man and his companion outside his 200 Bridge Street apartment.

The attackers, all black males, had their hoods pulled up, obscuring their faces, and one of the men brandished what appeared to be a revolver. While the man with the gun threatened the two, a second attacker punched the resident in the face. The assailants then forced the two into the apartment, at gunpoint, where four of the victim’s friends—including his nine-month-old infant—were waiting.

Once the assailants were inside, they punched a third victim in the face, then held all six people at gunpoint while they ransacked the apartment. During this time, the gunman pointed the revolver at the infant and threatened to shoot the child, adding that he would throw the baby out of the window if the terrified group didn’t hand over whatever cash they had. Ultimately, the assailants made away with almost $2,000.

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The burglars’ success was short lived. At some point during the robbery, one of the victims realized the revolver was, in fact, just a BB gun, and the group then attacked their attackers. During the ensuing struggle, three of the burglars ran out of the apartment, while the fourth escaped only after the victims removed his boots and struck him in the head with the but of his pellet gun.

One of the victims recognized the escaped gunman, and identified him to police as Linden Charles Hornung, 18, a resident of the 300 block of South Main Street. Phoenixville Police went to Hornung’s residence, and spoke with his housemate, who confirmed that while Hornung was not home, when he stopped by earlier he was bootless and suffering from an apparent head injury.

Hornung was arrested on February 8, arraigned, and charged with felony counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and 24 additional misdemeanors related to the incident.

He was confined to Chester County Prison when he was unable to post $100,000 bail and faced preliminary hearing on February 14.

patchsux February 16, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I thought you ranted and said you were done and goodby now 2 back to back post get over it your kid did the right think its good
harry finster February 16, 2013 at 01:47 AM
what is a fair one ?
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Hey Fred- how you doin? Still on the Phoenixville kick I see.
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Yo Fred- whats up?
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Hey Fred- whats this Harry Finster crap?
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Fred- who is Harry Finster? Your alter ego or something-
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Thats not Harry, its Fred- used to live in Phoenixville- moved to California and still nutty as a fruitcake-
Dave H February 16, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Come on Fred- tell em who you really are-
john c. riley February 16, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Im simply stating , the man sold weed and still has! so whatch out ! the cops might just have a new drug investigation ;)
john c. riley February 16, 2013 at 05:40 AM
these people who got robbed are so scared that they have been "strapped up" (holding weapons) since they snitched.
jason February 16, 2013 at 08:22 AM
John c riley ...fall back cuz now you're taking it to a whole new level madder a fact keep talking crap that's all you will amount to is crap.and tell Ur two buddies to watch their backs
patchsux February 16, 2013 at 01:53 PM
@john riley so they are robbed at gun point and you call that snitching? what a mentality that should take you a long way. that is not snitching they were robbed and nearly killed and you are talking about snitching it shows your education and moral level
the people February 16, 2013 at 04:17 PM
so now a days selling drugs is not looked down upon? makes me wonder , two wrongs dont make a right. @ jason ahahah you are so scary bro got me shakin in my boots
the people February 16, 2013 at 04:18 PM
jason its matter not madder
the people February 16, 2013 at 04:21 PM
it seems as if the victims are mad that the ppd drug unit and ccd drug unit have a brand new drug investigation on 200 bridge st. haha thats how you know you are a bum when you live above philly fades on bridge st!
Here and Now February 17, 2013 at 02:31 AM
racist stepfather ? not even close.
Jennifer Hayes February 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
@grow your own...just making an observation, your last comment said they were 'almost killed...' I'm pretty sure no one has died from a BB gun. That's why they mentioned the BB gun in the title, it makes it almost a joke, like how stupid could the intruders be. And if this kid is selling weed, which from some credible sources, he is in fact, then yes, he is asking for things like this to happen. When you sell drugs, stupid young punks with no job, are going to try and make a quick come up, by robbing someone they think won't call the cops (bc what does one say? They came here for my weed?) The cops aren't stupid, if he is selling weed, it's only a matter of time he will get caught.
patchsux February 17, 2013 at 01:15 PM
@jenneferhayes, I would bet someone has been killed with a BB gun and the child certainly could have been killed and how were they to know it was a BB gun? and whether he sells weed or not it is not it is still armed robbery/home invasion no matter what was in the house. and the law does not recognize it was a BB gun they will be sentenced for an armed robbery with a gun. and again it would have been nice if they had killed the guy it would have been self defense. and the castle doctrine would have protected the victims
Gypsy February 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I keep hearing how compassionate this victim was? Where was his compassion when he was bludgeoning an 18 year old kid? Subduing a suspect was the goal. From what I've read of these comments from "J lifetime resident, Evan Cox, and Jason", these victims knew Linden and didn't really want Linden to go down ( one of them told Linden's name to the police), they only wanted the leader to pay and Linden is along for the ride. One of them said that the leader brainwashed these kids. On one hand the victims are stating how terrified they were (which I would be),and on the other hand they are saying which suspects they want held accountable. They have said they know the names and addresses of the other two involved, but don't want to involve them. Didn't they involve themselves? If I was that scared, I would want everyone behind bars.
knowledge February 17, 2013 at 02:05 PM
@grow your own if you were a smart informed citizen you would know that linden was not charged with armed robbery! and i dont believe there is a charge specifically for home invasion
Ike February 17, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Gypsy , why would you give this bum compassion ? They broke into his apt. I dont care if they sell Pot. They should had really beat the crap out of all of them. WHO ARE THE OTHERS??? TELL US,,,, TELL THE POLICE... YEA . THEY ARE BUMS. WH WILL BE OLDER BUMS ,THAN GO TO JAIL , GET OUT , GO BACK TO JAIL.............BUMS ,,, WHAT A SHAME..
Gypsy February 17, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Ike, I have no idea who the others are. "Jason" said the victims know who the others are. From what the victim said, he DID beat the crap out of this kid.If you read all the comments from the people who were there, they don't seem to have an issue with Linden, they said they only wanted the one guy..the leader. I show all humans compassion. I'm am not condoning robbery, I was simply saying if I was the victim I would want all of them in jail, not just two of them.
Ike February 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Yes, all of them . But you see you they did say this to the baby.Well what the hell are you going to do? He should had beat all of them till an inch of thier life. A baby , who is going to say that about a baby . A real tough guy... No a real fucaking punk. Yes it is a hame tha maybe one of these punk would be dumb to follow the other ,BUT THS IS BAD... AND SOMEONE IN HERE KNOWS THE NAMES OF THE OTHERS ,, JUST SAY THEM ... AND THE COPS WILL GET THEM.. A FOR SELLING POT .. DONT MAKE NO DIFFERANT . YOU DONT ROB AND POINT GUNS AT ANYONE.
Gypsy February 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Ike- I agree with this being bad. I never said I didn't. Everyone agrees that you don't rob and point guns at people. Linden made the stupid choice to be a part of this and he has been arrested and the court system will handle him. He is young and maybe he will see how dumb this was and learn from his mistakes. I;m just saying all of them should be held accountable fro their actions.
harry finster February 17, 2013 at 03:28 PM
all people from phoenixville are hard working and nice
Ike February 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM
harry finster February 17, 2013 at 07:23 PM
here you go ike if you were hard working and normal you would move far away from phoenixville except ike who even though he is hard to understand probably has a good heart and too ensconced to go
John February 17, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Harry, how many children did you molest last week, sick freak
harry finster February 18, 2013 at 01:27 PM
including the baby moose 3
Dead Horse Beater February 18, 2013 at 02:35 PM
For the love of god will you people shut up about this already!


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