2 nabbed in Va. in Mass. home invasion that left man, 95, dead

Orange, Mass. home where, police say, invasion left 95-year-old man dead and his 77-year-old wife seriously hurt on night of Oct. 5, 2016

CBS Boston

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Authorities say two suspects have been arrested in Virginia and charged with murder in connection with a home invasion in Massachusetts last week that left a 95-year-old man dead and his wife severely injured.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says 23-year-old Joshua Hart and 27-year-old Brittany Smith are being held without bail stemming from the home invasion in Orange, Massachusetts.

Thomas Harty was killed inside his home. Harty’s 77-year-old wife, Joanna Fisher, was seriously hurt and remains hospitalized.

After the attack, investigators said the suspects were probably driving the couple’s 2003 Toyota Corolla station wagon, which was stolen from the home, reports CBS Boston.


Thomas Harty, 95, was killed inside his home when it was invaded on night of Oct. 5, 2016, and his wife,Joanna Fisher, 77, was left seriously injured; two suspects are in custody

CBS Boston

Joshua Hart, 23 and Brittany Smith, 27, were arrested in Rockbridge County, Virginia, for the crime, the station says. The stolen vehicle was recovered at a different location in Virginia.

Police told CBS Boston Hart and Smith are both from Athol, Mass.

Hart and Smith have also been charged with attempted murder, home invasion and armed robbery, as well as larceny and conspiracy.

It wasn’t immediately known if they have attorneys.