This is the top story on the front page of today's Albuquerque Journal: Friday, January 22, 2010 Bold Home Invasions Raise Fears By Jeff Proctor Journal Staff Writer A North Valley homeowner shot and killed a man who was trying to break through his door with a wood-splitting maul early Thursday morning, police said. Investigators believe Dimas Apodaca, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender and armed robber, may have been looking for the people who previously lived in the home in the 100 block of Pueblo Luna NW, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Kmatz said. Sheriff's deputies found Apodaca lying dead in the front yard shortly after 3 a.m., he said. Investigators questioned all of the residents, Kmatz said. None of them was arrested, and investigators don't expect that charges will be filed. "Everything we've learned indicates that this was self-defense," he said. "They all said they had no idea who he was." Law enforcement has been familiar with the Pueblo Luna home for years, Kmatz said, but not with the new owners, who moved in last summer. "There's a long criminal history at that house with previous owners," he said. "So (Apodaca) could have been targeting the people associated with that previous activity, which included drug dealing out of that house." Authorities had been called to the house several times during the past few years, Kmatz said, for narcotics and violent fights. On one occasion, a neighbor was attacked with a bat. No other recent crimes in the area have matched Thursday's incident, he said. "When something that blatant, that specific happens, it's pretty much never random," Kmatz said. "We haven't seen anything like that in the area that matches this by motive." Investigators were still searching late Thursday for a dark-colored El Camino that was seen leaving the Pueblo Luna home after the shooting, he said. There had been one or two occupants inside. Apodaca has a lengthy criminal history that dates to the mid-1980s, court records show. His convictions include aggravated burglary, robbery, marijuana distribution, two DWIs, auto theft and shoplifting. In 1998, Apodaca was convicted of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age, according to court records. He has twice pleaded guilty to charges of failing to register as a sex offender. Brings a tear to my eye.