Open phone line between lovers key to solving Calgary home invasion

Court has heard how two lovers who kept their phone connection open as they fell asleep quickly helped solve a home invasion and robbery.

CALGARY — Court has heard how two lovers who kept their phone connection open as they fell asleep quickly helped solve a home invasion and robbery.

Johnny Nguyen’s girlfriend, Anna Nguyen, was able to alert police after she heard bandits threatening her boyfriend in January 2007.

“Anna Nguyen heard the yelling and commotion of the home invasion robbery while it was occurring as a result of the open line between (hers) and Johnny Nguyen’s cellphones,” Crown prosecutor Gord Haight said.

He explained how she heard one attacker telling her boyfriend to get down or he would be killed.

“Anna Nguyen then phoned 911 to report the home invasion.”

Officers arrived at the boyfriend’s Calgary home just as three thieves were leaving the residence.

An agreed statement of facts said the trio was armed with a loaded .357 Magnum and machetes. They bound Johnny Nguyen and his mother with duct tape as they searched the house for drugs and money.

Nguyen and his mother were both injured.

Godfrey Samuel Mills, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to break and enter to commit armed robbery and was sentenced to six years in prison.

A second man was sentenced earlier to nine years, while a youth was ordered into custody for nine months.

Just Posted

Hospitalizations jump in Red Deer due to opioid poisonings

Small city hospitals impacted more by opioid crisis

Central Alberta councils learn more about Bighorn Country proposal

A collection of central Alberta politicians are learning more about the province’s… Continue reading

High-speed chase led to fatal collision, jury hears

A Delburne man accused of manslaughter caused a fatal rollover collision during… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

TORONTO — Canada Soccer has named striker Jordyn Huitema and defender Derek… Continue reading

Review: Too much Spider-Man? Not in the Spider-Verse

You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had… Continue reading

‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Most Read