Some predators will go to extraordinary lengths to reach their victims. This is one of those stories. A man traveled halfway around the world to get to a teenage girl. There was one last road-block, though, that the man hadn’t anticipated. The girl’s mother was waiting for him, and she wasn’t backing down.
Troy George Skinner, 25, flew from New Zealand to meet a girl with whom he had been communicating on the internet. When he arrived in Goochland, Virginia, and found the girl’s house, her mother shot him.
The details of the incident have left many in the neighborhood shocked. When Skinner arrived, and the girl wouldn’t see him, he threw a brick though a glass door.
Skinner had pepper spray on him, and was carrying duct tape and a knife and was attempting to get inside when the mother shot twice. One of the shots hit him in the neck.
He is now in critical condition in a local hospital and the FBI have taken over the investigation.
The Goochland County sheriff Jim Agnew said the mother was home with her two daughters when the incident occurred and that she had warned Skinner that she had a gun.
“All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him – the only inference is that he had very bad intent,” Agnew said.
“He was not invited here. He was not expected here. He had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him.”
Agnew plans to charge Skinner with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a serious crime.
“This was not random, not spontaneous, this was something very planned,” Agnew said.
“Skinner flew to Virginia to meet the woman’s teenage daughter after the two chatted online using Discord,” The Daily Mail writes, “a chatting service popular among gamers.”
To make the trip, Skinner had to fly from New Zealand to Australia, and from there to L.A., then to D.C. At that point, he took a Greyhound to Richmond.