Home invasion suspect turns himself in

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A suspect in a home invasion and burglary turned himself in to Brundidge Police over the weekend.

Officials said Mario Tarrell Motely was transported by a family member to the Brundidge Police Department, where he was taken into custody without incident.

He is being charged with robbery first degree and burglary first degree, both in connection with a June 29, 2014, incident that took place at Shady Lane Trailer Park on County Road 3320 south of Brundidge.

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“The mobile home was occupied by William Houston, Taylor Keuscher and a small child when the subject entered the mobile home without permission,” said Detective Charles Beasley. “He was armed with a pistol. The occupants of the mobile home knew the subject but were not friends with him.”

Beasley said Houston and Keuscher identified Motley as the one who entered the mobile home and said he left their residence with Houston’s Visa debit card, his driver’s license, six $10 bills and some additional currency.

Beasley said Motley’s girlfriend, Rachel L. Batie, lived in the nearby Four Oaks Apartments. When he and Chief Moses Davenport went to the apartment to question her, she became disorderly.

“The landlord let us in the apartment but Motley was not there,” Beasley said. “However, his car was parked at the apartment.”

Beasley said Batie moved out of the apartment the next day and the BPD has not been able to locate her.

Motely had been identified by Central Alabama Crime Stoppers in a regional release last week, and a cash reward was offered for tips leading to his arrest.

Brundidge officials said Monday he was being questioned in connection with other crimes in the area, as well.