Homeowner Wakes to Find Corpse on His Porch after Dogs Mauled Burglar to Death
Police say alleged home intruder attempted to break into property during the night
A Georgia homeowner awoke to find a corpse on his porch after his dogs had mauled the suspected home intruder to death during the night while he slept.
Police said Alex Binyam Abraha was killed by the homeowner's two dogs while attempting to break into the Newnan, Georgia, property in the middle of the night.
The Coweta County Sheriff's Office said the homeowner slept through the grizzly incident and only discovered Abraha's remains on his doorstep when he woke up in the morning.
Deputies responded to a call on Saturday from a homeowner at about 10:30 a.m. who said he found the remains of a man on his porch that morning.
The startling incident unfolded on Friday night at the rural home after the homeowner went to bed.
The medical examiner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined the cause of death was from the mauling, investigator Toby Nix told the Newnan Times-Herald.
Nix told WAGA-TV that the homeowner didn't know the man and hadn't seen him before he found his body on the porch.
They later identified the victim as 21-year-old Alex Binyam Abraha of Atlanta.
Nix said that there was evidence that Abraha entered the residence where he encountered the homeowner's two large dogs, both pit bulls.
He said that Abraha appeared to have been mauled by the dogs, left the home, but died of his injuries on the front porch.
WAGA reporter Doug Evans tweeted photographs of the homeowner's dogs that mauled Abraha.
Coweta deputies say two dogs mauled an intruder who the homeowner later discovered dead on the front porch. I will have the latest on the case on FOX 5 News at 5 & 6. pic.twitter.com/ujefZTmZgc— Doug Evans (@dougevansfox5) September 29, 2021
Evans reported that Abraha had active warrants for his arrest from Fulton County.
He also said that police were trying to determine how Abraha had gotten to the home since no automobile was located nearby.
Police indicate that no charges were anticipated against the homeowner over the incident.
The GBI is cooperating with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office in the continuing investigation.
The dogs were turned over to the custody of Coweta County Animal Services, but authorities said it had not yet been determined what would be done with them.
Some people on social media were critical of the decision to take the dogs into animal control.