*Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon, are not happy with Florida authorities and their handling of the investigation surrounding a recent home invasion that took place at his residence.
According to reports, the NBA free agent and his wife were furious when the Coral Gables Police Department decided not to press charges against the eight teenagers who broke into the couple’s abode while Allen’s wife and children were home alone sleeping. Instead, the department characterized the incident as a silly prank.
The reason behind such a move was given through Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham, who referenced no forced entry, no intent and nothing taken as the factors surrounding the department’s decision. Florida law states that as long as you don’t force yourself in someone’s house and don’t take anything…you won’t be punished if you enter someone’s home without permission.
To set the record straight regarding what happened, Allen’s family released the following statement detailing the events of the night in question. The statement, in its entirety, is below:
“We want to correct the erroneous information being reported about the crime committed in our home this week. On Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m., my wife Shannon was awakened by loud voices in our bedroom where she had been sleeping with our four young children.
“She heard male voices loudly discussing our personal property and sat up in a state of alarm to find at least five people inside our bedroom with large flashlights. She was immediately fearful for the safety of her own life, but more importantly the lives of our young children. When she screamed at them, the intruders quickly fled the scene and laughter was heard as they made their way out of our bedroom, down the stairs and out of our house.
“As these individuals were fleeing our house, Shannon immediately called security and the police for help. Shannon and I believe that a number of the public statements made through media outlets have mischaracterized certain important facts and what we believe to be the seriousness of this potentially devastating invasion upon our lives, home and family.”
Apparently taking matters in his own hands did the trick for Ray Allen as the police department finally decided to bring charges to the teens. The group now faces misdemeanor trespassing charges.
In addition, the Allens visited the state attorney’s office Tuesday to press criminal charges and provide statements regarding the incident.