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UPDATE: Arrest in Ashland Home Invasion

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UPDATE 6/18/14 @ 10:30 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with a home invasion in Ashland early Tuesday morning.

The armed robbery happened at the home in the 1100 block of First Circle Prospect about 2 a.m.

Police say four to five men and one woman, dressed in masks and bandannas, held the two men in the home at gunpoint while they searched for anything of value.

"They did come out with some cash and some jewelry," said Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley.

Some neighbors think drugs could have been behind it.

“This is not an extreme high crime area," Kelley said.

Police continue to look for the other suspects.

Investigators believe this is an isolated case.

The teen is charged with 1st degree robbery. He is being held in a juvenile detention center.

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ORIGINAL STORY 6/17/14 @ 6 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Police are on the hunt for several people involved in an armed robbery early Tuesday morning.

They said two people were held at gunpoint in their home while robbers searched for anything of value.

That's why people who live nearby are concerned this happened so close.

Police said the robbers showed up about 2 a.m., a time when many are asleep.

Now, neighbors are talking about what they can do to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"Everything's changed over the years," said David Smith.

Smith has lived on First Circle in Ashland for decades.

But an armed robbery overnight has him scratching his head.

"Really surprised us, as I say, this is a real nice, quiet community, very seldom anything goes on in here," Smith said.

Ashland Police said around 2 a.m. Tuesday four to five men and one woman, dressed in masks and bandanas, robbed a home on the quiet cul-de-sac.

"It upsets me," Smith said.

Investigators said two men who live in the home were held at gunpoint.

"They did come out with some cash and some jewelry," said Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley.

Some neighbors think drugs could've been behind it.

"The way drugs are anymore, everywhere, that you can't control it," said Smith.

"At this point, there's no indication, but we can't rule it out," Kelley said.

Police have one suspect.

They believe he may be familiar with the home. They also think this is an isolated case.

"This is not an extreme high crime area," Kelley said.

For neighbors, the discussion now turns to protecting each other.

"It's hard to make a solution to something like that," Smith said.

Some said a neighborhood watch could be the next step.

But for now, they're going to be even more vigilant, watching for people who could be up to no good.

Ashland Police said these types of armed robberies are a trend across the nation.

They said there are several things you can do to prevent some of them, including being aware of who you allow in your home, calling 911 if you see suspicious activity and staying observant of who's near or around your neighborhood.

If they aren't usually around, that could be a red flag.

Ashland Police said the case is still under investigation.

They ask, if you have any information, to give them a call.


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