Four charged in masked home invasion
Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrests in robbery, break-ins
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor
Oct. 30, 2008 - A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest Wednesday of four men accused in an aggravated robbery earlier this month, as well as two recent burglaries.
All four are believed to be involved in the robbery, investigators Monty Tipps and Bo Fox said today, the crime that linked the four in the multiple offenses.
The arrests came within a four hours of each other.
It began with the questioning of Brandon Jermaine Calhoun, 21, at the police department, where he was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building at 1:15 p.m. Reports state he confessed to his actions during the interview Fox and Tipps.
At 2:10 p.m., Det. Rusty Stillwagoner and officer Jason Ames arrested Elijah Lorenzo Culbert, 29, and Narelle Adregan, 26, at the intersection of Ardis Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, on warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity.
Finally, Emanuel Ladelle Searcy, 21, was arrested by Fox and Stillwagoner on the charge of aggravated robbery at 5:30 pm. at a Helm Lane apartment.
And the investigation hasn't been completed yet.
"I would say there are possible future arrests," Tipps said this morning.
The robbery was reported on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 8, when a South Locust Street resident reported being robbed inside his house by four armed intruders. He told police that about 10:30 p.m. that night, four black men with masks over their heads entered his home. Each had a gun, and the man and a friend who was visiting said they were threatened with their lives if they didn't put burlap sacks over their heads and lay on the floor. The resident's wallet was stolen before the four left the home on foot.
The burglaries were reported on College Street and a local business in the past two weeks.
The investigators said they had recovered some of the property stolen in the break-ins, including two handguns taken from the business.
"We expect to recover more property," Fox said.
The investigators and Police Chief Jim Bayuk said tips to Crime Stoppers were instrumental in getting the crimes solved.
"Crime Stoppers definitely got the ball rolling on this investigation," Fox said.
"Like we've said in the past, we need people's information to solve a crime," Bayuk said.
Anyone with knowledge about a crime could earn up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers for their information, provided it leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Information can be reported to Crime Stoppers by calling 903-885-2020.
It should be noted that when calling Crime Stoppers, callers do not have to give their name, just their information. Rewards from Crime Stoppers are paid in such a way that the caller's identity remains confidential.