NEW INFO: Two Indicted in Armed Home Invasion

By: Randy Yohe, Kristen Schneider Email
By: Randy Yohe, Kristen Schneider Email

UPDATE 6/29/12 @ 11:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, Wv (WSAZ) -- The remaining two suspects in a home invasion armed robbery have been indicted.

Huntington Police tell Harry Williams and Markus Mayo were indicted by a Cabell County grand jury on robbery and burglary charges.

Police say Williams and Mayo along with Tanner Johnson and Edward Stephens broke into an apartment in the 1500 block of Rear 7th Avenue in Huntington back in December 2011. They say the four robbed four people inside at gunpoint.

Johnson and Stephens were arrested shortly after the robbery. Both plead guilty to the charges and have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

UPDATE 12/15/11 @ 5:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, Wv (WSAZ) -- Some heavy duty lifting was required in an armed robbery Thursday.

A one hundred pound safe was the focus of a home invasion in Huntington.

Police say some luck and quick work has two of four suspected armed robbers behind bars.

“They held a gun to my head,” Nathan Staley said.

Staley said there were five young adults gathered in his rear 7th Ave.
garage apartment around 2am, when four unknown men came in unexpectedly.

He said with guns drawn the men began to rob Staley and his friends, with a combination safe as the prime target.

"They tried to take the safe and couldn't get it out the door, they took my TV down the street, dropped and broke it," Staley said. "We didn’t think the guns were real until the police told us yes, they were real, and fully loaded.”

Police said as the robbers fled, one of the victims ran next door to the Speedway station and saw a police cruiser and two officers. Then police said a chase began.

“They were able to chase down and corral two of the suspects," Detective Ryan Bentley said. "And they found two handguns on the ground nearby."

Tanner Johnson and Edward Stephens were the two home invasion suspects police caught. Both are now jailed on burglary and robbery charges.

Staley said no one in the apartment knew the home invaders.

He also said the safe was empty.

Detective Bentley gives great credit to the officers who pursued and arrested two of the four felony suspects.

He said he feels confident the other two will be found and arrested in short order.

If convicted, the prison sentence for the burglary charge is one to ten years. The sentence for armed robbery is ten years to life.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people are in jail following an armed home invasion in Huntington early Thursday morning.

Huntington Police say it happened just after 2 a residence in the 1500-block of Rear 7th Avenue.

Police arrested Tanner Johnson, 18, of Huntington, and Edward Stephens, 22, also of Huntington.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson, Stephens and two other men broke into the apartment and robbed the two residents and their guest at gunpoint.

Both men are charged with first degree robbery, burglary and obstructing. They were arrested separately a short distance form the scene. They are being held in the Western Regional Jail.

Police are still looking for the two other men involved in the home invasion.

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