Three arrested after home invasion

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2009

Three Barbour County men face a total of 48 charges after victims at a local residence were raped, robbed and kidnapped early Monday morning.

Kendrick Katrell Thomas, 23, of Clayton; Ronald Demarkus Thomas, 25, of Louisville; and Anthony Perrie Turner, 22, of Clayton, have all been arrested in connection with this incident, said Troy Police Spokesman Sgt. Benny Scarbrough.

Police received a call around 5 a.m. Monday, initially reported as a burglary of a trailer on Swindall Road.

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Scarbrough said once officers arrived, they realized several other crimes had been committed.

The suspects are alleged to have gone to the victims’ home, where six resided, armed with firearms. They entered through the back door of the residence, sometime before 5 a.m.

Scarbrough would not release the details of the crime since it remains under investigation, but all face various rape, robbery, kidnapping, burglary and theft charges.

Two females and four males, all adults, resided at the home, and names were not released because of the nature of the incident.

All face six charges of robbery first degree, six charges of kidnapping first degree, one count of burglary first degree and one count of theft first degree.

In addition, Kendrick Thomas is charged with one count of rape first degree; Ronald Thomas is charged with rape and sodomy first degree; and Turner faces two counts of rape first degree and one count of sodomy first degree.

That totals 15 charges on Kendrick Thomas, 16 on Ronald Thomas and 17 on Turner, all of which are felonies.

The theft charges stem from a 1977 Chevy Cavalier stolen from the home. It was recovered around 7 a.m. Monday on Hodges Street.

Kendrick and Ronald, who are brothers, were arrested at 101 Carver Drive Monday night. Turner was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after he turned himself in at the Troy Police Department.

All have been transported to the Pike County Jail, where they remain on bonds of $800,000 for Kendrick, $900,000 for Ronald and $1 million for Turner.

Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage said the victims had no relation to these suspects. The victims are not college students.

Both Ronald and Turner are out on probation or parole from crimes committed in Barbour County.

Barbour Circuit Clerk David Nix said Ronald Thomas was convicted of two counts of robbery first degree in March 2004. He was sentenced to 20 years, to serve split terms.

Turner was convicted of robbery first degree, discharging a firearm into an occupied building and burglary third degree in August 2004. He received the same sentence.

Kendrick Thomas has pled to misdemeanor charges disorderly conduct, harassment, criminal mischief and domestic violence, all in Barbour County.

Everage said he commends his staff, who has worked around the clock to bring these suspects into custody.

Police were also assisted by the Department of Forensic Science, who helped in processing the scene, the District Attorney’s Office and Pike County Assistant District Attorney Tom Anderson.