Home invasion suspect targeted Youtube celebrities, police say

Gavin Free and Megan Turney appearing on You Tube together.                  YouTube

Police said they discovered recorded threatening thoughts from Giles on his mobile phone, in which he said he wanted Free to die without any children.

By 3:40 a.m. on January 26, Giles had arrived at the couple's Hyde Park house, just over a mile north of the University of Texas campus, and had woken them up with the sound of a gunshot and breaking glass, according to KXAN. Giles died at the scene, and although the Albuquerque search warrant says his injury may have been self-inflicted, an official ruling has not been made.

According to court documents the man identified as 24-year-old Christopher Eric Giles drove 11-hours from New Mexico to Texas late last month. Detectives in Albuquerque were investigating the suspect, Christopher Giles, who lived there. He fired a gun both inside and outside the home while the couple hid in a closet, but Free and Turney were not injured, Austin police have said.

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YouTube stars Gavin Free and Meg Turney were the target of an armed home invasion, that resulted in the death of the intruder.

The couple hid in a closet and updated the 911 dispatcher as Giles, 23, rooted through their home looking for the pair.

Free and Turney did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but both tweeted about the incident this week.

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Police described Giles as being a "single, lonely and disturbed", individual. Police arrived within 10 minutes and the man was fatally shot in the couple's driveway. His phone was full of notes centering on Turney, whose YouTube videos run the gamut from relationship advice to online gaming to her popular "Ask Meg" segment.

By the time the police arrived - which Free estimates was just four minutes later - Giles had given up searching for the couple, and had returned to his vehicle in an attempt to drive away. They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand.

"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".

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"Thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", Free wrote Monday on Twitter. "It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok".


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