WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three men have been indicted for a brutal home invasion that happened in July.
Elmer Mills, Allen Claude Mills and Teddy Mulkey were indicted by a grand jury in Wayne County last week.
Each is charged with robbery, kidnapping, burglary, grand larceny, assault and wanton endangerment.
Investigators say the three beat and robbed 72-year-old Menuard Frazier at his home on Mills Creek Road.
The three are also charged with another home invasion in Lawrence County, Ohio that happened about a week later. The homeowner was also assaulted in this incident.
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U.S. Marshals and Wayne County Sheriff Deputies arrested Allen "Claude" Mills at a home on Little Blaine Creek Road in Lawrence County, Kentucky late Friday night.
Mills was wanted for a home invasion that happened along Mill Creek Road in Wayne County back on July 22 and a home invasion at a trailer along County Road 115 in Chesapeake, Ohio on July 28.
Mills waived extradition during his video arraignment in Lawrence County District Court Monday morning.
Authorities in Wayne County are expected to pick up Mills at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
In Wayne County, he is charged with armed robbery, two counts of grand larceny, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment
In Lawrence County, Ohio the charge is burglary.
U.S. Marshals and Wayne County Sheriff Deputies arrested Allen "Claude" Mills at a home on Little Blaine Creek Road in Lawrence County Kentucky.
A law enforcement spokesperson says Mills was considered to be armed and dangerous based on information officers say they received from some family members, local law enforcement and members of the Louisa community.
Officers also say they received information that Mills stated he would not go back to jail and that he would kill the officers or they would have to kill him.
Officers say they pinpointed the residence Mills was hiding in and entered the residence through a window. While clearing the residence, Mills was found hiding in the bathroom and was arrested without incident.
Mills was wanted out of Wayne County for armed robbery, two counts of grand larceny, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment.
These charges involved a home invasion at the home of 72-year-old Menuard Frazier back on July 22.
Frazier told WSAZ.com he was alone at his home on Mills Creek Road when Mills and another man pulled into his driveway and asked to use his phone.
After letting the men inside, Frazier say they pinned him to the floor, beat him, and tied him up.
After that, Frazier says a third man showed up to help them steal cash, and rob Frazier's son's home next door.
Frazier managed to free himself and get his pistol to scare them off.
Mills is also wanted out of Lawrence County Ohio for aggravated burglary.
Investigators say that "Claude" Mills. Elmer Mills and Ted Mulkey broke into a home on County Road 115 in Chesapeake, Ohio back on July 28. They're accused of beating the homeowner and stealing two guns.
After leaving the trailer, the men got into a pursuit with a Lawrence County, Ohio Deputy.
The chase finally ended in Huntington where Elmer Mills and Mulkey were caught and arrested.
“Claude” Mills took off and was not caught until Friday night.
He is currently in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
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The home invasion happened at a home on CR 115 in Lawrence County, Ohio Thursday afternoon.
Friday, Lawrence County Sheriff, Jeff Lawless said a handgun and assault rifle were take from the home. Lawless said the three suspects then tossed the guns out of the passenger side widow of the van they used to flee the scene and during the police chase..
The Sheriff says deputies, along with a K-9 unit, searched the area from the home on CR 115 to the 31st Street Bridge in Proctorville looking for the guns.
Early Friday afternoon, Lawless said the assault rifle had been recovered and retained as evidence in the case.
Lawless says the information about the stolen guns came from the two suspects who were arrested in Huntington following the police chase. The third suspect remains on the run.
Sheriff Lawless urges anyone who finds the small gray handgun, to not touch it and immediately call the Sheriff’s Office.
A married couple had been running errands Thursday. They returned to their home on County Road 115 near Chesapeake, Ohio a little after 1:30 p.m. and found a teal van in their driveway and their front door open.
John Carter went inside and saw three people had broken into their home and were going through their stuff.
Then Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says a couple of the suspects attacked him.
Carter’s wife Amanda then ran over to a neighbor's and called 911.
The sheriff says the suspects then took off in their van. A Lawrence County deputy caught up with them and a pursuit began. The suspects crossed over into West Virginia on the 31st Street Bridge, and Huntington Police joined in on the chase.
The suspects finally bailed out along the floodwall near 20th Street in Huntington. Lawless says one of the suspects, Elmer Mills, was caught by a Lawrence County deputy after a short pursuit.
The other two suspects took off on running, and Huntington police searched for them along the riverfront.
Lawless says they found one of them, Ted Mulkey, near a barge and arrested him.
The sheriff says Carter suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
He says it does appear the homeowners did know at least one of those suspects who broke into their home.
Deputies are still investigating the break-in and Huntington police are still looking for the third suspect.
The home invasion and police chase began at home on County Road 115 shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Sheriff Jeff Lawless says a husband and wife came home from running errands to find a van in their driveway and the front door to their home ajar.
When the couple entered their home, they found three men going through their belongings. The wife then ran next door to call 911. Her husband confronted the men and was assaulted suffering an abrasion to the back of his head and one eye. After the assault the three men took off in the van.
A deputy spotted the van on State Route 243 where the pursuit began. It continued to Route 7 and then over the 31st Street Bridge and into Huntington where the three bailed out near the floodwall at 20th Street.
Lawless says one of the men, 36-year-old Elmer Mills, was quickly captured by the Lawrence County Deputy after a short pursuit on foot.
A second suspect, 31-year-old Teddy Mulkey, was arrested near a barge by Huntington Police. The third suspect remains on the run.
Both suspects are being held in Cabell County as fugitives from justice pending charges in Lawrence County, Ohio. Those charges will include aggravated burglary, felonious assault and fleeing and eluding a police officer.
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The home invasion happened at a trailer along County Road 115 about 1:35 Thursday afternoon.
Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells WSAZ.com a man in his 40’s was hit in the head during the attempted robbery. The homeowner suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. Lawless says it was the man's wife who went next door to call 911.
Sheriff Lawless says the suspects were three men driving a teal colored van. A deputy encountered the men right after they fled the scene.
The suspects then led the deputy on a pursuit into Huntington over the 31st Street Bridge.
The suspects finally bailed out along the floodwall near 24th Street in Huntington.
Huntington Police then began a search along the river front for the three men. Two of the men are now reported to be in custody.
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UPDATE 7/23/11 @ 6 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) Menuard Frazier admits he doesn't come across as physically intimidating.
He’s 72 years old and stands at 5’5”, but his daughter-in-law Rose Frazier says that appearance is deceptive.
“I don't think they thought he was as tough as he was," she said.
Frazier says three men came to his home around noon Friday and asked to use his phone.
"About middle ways to the kitchen, they jumped and grabbed me," he said.
Frazier says the younger, stronger men pinned him on the floor of his home on Mill Creek Road in Fort Gay.
He says the multiple scratches and bruises on his head, arms, and legs are proof the intruders were definitely provoking him.
"They had a pillow and a sheet over my head,” he said. “They said ‘If you look at us, we'll kill you.’"
"I think they're cowards,” Rose said. “To break into an old man's house and strong-arm him to the floor and bound him the way they did and beat him like that, they're cowards."
Frazier says the attackers tied his legs up with plastic tubing. They took cash and other items before leaving Frazier's house and going next door to his son's, where no one was home.
Frazier says he then crawled into his kitchen, got a knife, and cut himself free.
"That's when I grabbed my pistol, a 9-millimeter" he said.
Frazier says the three men walked back by his house with guns they'd stolen from his son's house, saw that he'd freed himself, and started firing, leaving a total of 9 bullet holes on Frazier's walls.
"When they started shooting into my house, that's when I started firing back," he said.
Frazier says when he started shooting, the men ran back to their truck and took off. He then got another gun and made sure they got the point.
"I ran out on the porch with an 11-hundred automatic and emptied it as they drove across the creek down here," he said. "I did my best to kill everyone of them."
He says he hit the truck at least once on the rear-side window.
He scared off the crooks and saved his own life, but the community is on edge knowing men would break into an elderly person's home in broad daylight.
West Virginia State Police say they're still searching for the getaway vehicle. They're looking for an older model black and red Chevy S10.
The home invasion happened about 1:20 Friday afternoon on the Left Fork of Mill Creek, in southern Wayne County.
West Virginia State Police say they are looking for an older model black and red Chevy S10 with three men inside. They say there is a motor being hauled in the bed of the truck.
Troopers tell WSAZ.com that the victim of the home invasion was tied up and beat up by the three men. As the suspects fled the house, troopers say the victim was able to get loose and then fired several gun shots at the men. They say the getaway truck may have been hit by the gun shots.
Troopers say the victim is being taken to a local hospital to be checked out. The suspects got away with a number of items from the house. State Police say a neighboring house was also robbed.
We're told the men should be considered armed and dangerous.
A manhunt is now underway for the three men. This includes an air and ground search involving both State Police and Wayne County Sheriff Deputies.
If you see a red and black Chevy S10 in that area, call your local police.
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The robbery was called in about 1:20 on Friday afternoon.
Dispatchers say the call came from a home on the Left Fork of Mill Creek just outside of Wayne.
Dispatchers tells WSAZ.com the suspect drove away from the scene. No word on a description of the vehicle or what type of weapon was used.
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