Invader strikes homeowner with steel bar after throwing object through window

Photo: Matthew Luke Schaeffer

A Boone County man has been arrested after he allegedly threw a steel bar through the window of a residence, attempted entry and struck the homeowner in the head with the object. The homeowner grabbed his gun and fired two rounds away from the intruder, identified as 38-year-old Matthew Luke Schaeffer of Omaha, in an attempt to scare him off. The incident occurred Sept. 17 along Third Street in Omaha.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the homeowner’s efforts were unsuccessful, leading him to call his neighbor for help. When the neighbor arrived, he grabbed a baseball bat from his vehicle, pulled Schaeffer from the window and struck him in the head.

The neighbor reported Schaeffer ran from the residence. When patrol officers from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they located Schaeffer a short distance from the residence and placed him in custody. He declined any medical attention.

Patrol deputies reported Schaeffer “was apparently on some type of narcotic and wasn’t acting normal.”

The following day, an investigator with the sheriff’s office attempted to interview Schaeffer, but reported he was unable to do so “due to his state of mind.”

Schaeffer has been charged with felony counts of criminal attempt to commit aggravated residential burglary and aggravated assault, along with a misdemeanor of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $25,000.

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