The US Supreme Court has confirmed that Justice Stephen Breyer, 73, his wife and family friends were the victims of a machete-wielding, home invader at the Breyer vacation home on the island of Nevis on Thursday, February 9.
The suspect wore a mask and escaped, after stealing roughly US$1,000 from the group. Thankfully, no one was injured. The incident occurred at roughly 2100 hours.
COMMENT: Justice Breyer is a regular visitor to Nevis and reportedly has owned a home there for many years. Police in Nevis have investigated the intrusion, but there have been no arrests.
In May 2011, Justice Breyer broke his collarbone when he fell from his bicycle in Cambridge, MA. And, in 1993, a year before he joined the High Court he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Harvard Square, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung.
Additionally, Justice Breyer's home invasion is the third time that a member of the Supreme Court has been a crime victim. In 2004, Justice David Souter suffered minor injuries when he was mugged by a group of young men while jogging. In 1996, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had her purse snatched near the Kennedy Center, while walking with her husband and daughter. She was not hurt in the incident.
As someone who has protected VIPs most of my adult life, it is noteworthy to point out that perhaps the US Supreme Court Police, which is tasked with protecting the nine justices of the High Court, should prudently expand, at least contractually, protective services no matter where they happen to be.
Imagine if Justice Breyer had been injured or killed during the course of the home invasion? Consider the ramifications?