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ABQ man targeted YouTube celebrities

14 February 2018

An armed man drove 11 hours to break into the home of two YouTube personalities, forcing them to hide in a closet until police arrived and shot the home invader dead.

The intruder was allegedly attempting to murder Slow Mo Guys creator Gavin Free, who is in a long-term relationship with fellow US YouTuber and cosplayer Meg Turney - a woman Giles had allegedly "developed a fondness" for. When he couldn't locate them, Giles reportedly returned to his vehicle, but as he was backing out of the home's driveway, officers with the Austin Police Department arrived. After an exchange of gunfire with police he died in the couple's drive.

After Giles was confirmed to have died, police undertook a search of his home and belongings.

Police said the 23-year-old Giles was described as "single, lonely and disturbed".

Turney and Free both acknowledged the incident on their Twitter accounts on February 12.

Austin police received a call on January 26 from a woman who said she and her boyfriend were awakened by a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass, then heard someone enter their back door and walk around.

An Albuquerque man who died in an officer-involved shooting after breaking into a Hyde Park home last month might have died from a self-inflicted gunshot and appears to have been trying to harm a couple who are internet celebrities, according to an Albuquerque police search warrant.

The search revealed Giles "was an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos".

The couple were said to have taken refuge in the cupboard while the intruder searched the house.

Police said "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there".

The officers found Giles backing out of the driveway in his Lincoln sedan with a New Mexico license plate and ordered him to stop. He had written thousands of notes on the device, many mentioning Free and Turney.

"Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident, ' he tweeted on Monday". Neither Turney nor Free responded to phone calls.

Turney wrote: "Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the Austin police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time".

ABQ man targeted YouTube celebrities