YouTube stars Gavin Free and Meg Turney are lucky to be alive after surviving a harrowing home-invasion attack from a man described as “single, lonely and disturbed” who had apparently developed an obsession with Turney — and intended to murder Free.
As the Albuquerque Times reports, the couple — who each have significant followings on YouTube — were awakened in the wee hours of January 26 to the sound of broken glass and a gunshot while asleep in their Austin, Texas, home. The pair hid in their bedroom closet and called 911 while Christopher Giles searched the home looking for them.
When he was unable to find anyone, Giles left the house, got into his car and began backing out of the driveway — right into an Austin police car that pulled up just as he was about to make his getaway. Police ordered Giles to stop; a single gunshot was heard, with an officer returning fire.
Giles was pronounced dead on the scene, with the medical examiner’s initial report indicating he died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Upon examining Giles’ belongings, it quickly became apparent to police that Giles had developed an obsession with Turney, 30, and had driven 11 hours from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Austin with the intention of killing Free, 29.
“A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name,” a detective wrote in documents filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court. “Furthermore, threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., ‘I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.’”
Additional evidence provided even more chilling facts, such as security camera footage that showed Giles stalking through the home with a gun in his hand.
“Based on the footage seen it was apparent that Giles’ sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there,” the detective wrote, adding that Giles’ cellphone included numerous notes about his dislike of Free. Giles, wrote the detective, had “developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success.”
Free and Turney each took to social media to address the terrifying incident.
Meanwhile, Turney thanked the Austin Police “for their quick response to that night and their ongoing support during this difficult time.”