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March 6, 2014

Two injured in home invasion

Police: Knives held to victims’ throats while they were robbed

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Three people face charges after a home invasion robbery Wednesday.

John M. Meadows, 26, and Lucas R. Canada, 25, both of Williamsburg, and Melvin T. Hill, 26, of Rockholds, were all arrested by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department.

All face first-degree robbery charges.

According to Police Chief Wayne Bird, officers from his department responded to the Mount Morgan apartments on Brush Arbor Road to investigate the report of a home invasion robbery.

When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they found two victims who Bird said had visibly been physically assaulted.

The two victims told officers that they heard a knock at the apartment door.

When they answered the door, the victims told officers that three male suspects forced their way into the apartment by kicking and punching them repeatedly, Bird said.

At some point during the altercation, the victims said that knives were held to their throats while one of the suspects stole several items from the apartment — including the victims’ wallets, which contained debit cards, personal identification and $70 in cash.

Bird explained the unnamed victims also told police they knew their attackers and directed police to a nearby apartment — where the suspects are reportedly known to stay.

Bird said that when officers knocked on the door the suspects allegedly looked out the window but would not open the door.

After several minutes, Bird said officers had to force entry to that apartment.

There, they arrested Meadows, Canada and Hill.

While inside the apartment, the chief said his officers recovered all of the stolen items, along with the pocket knife and kitchen knife that were allegedly used during the assault and subsequent robbery.

Besides first-degree robbery charges, the three also face charges of second-degree assault and receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, Bird said.

Meadows remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under an unlisted bond. Bird said that Hill and Canada were each cited “due to their intoxication level.”

Both robbery and assault victims were treated at Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tenn. and later released.

The investigation will be conducted by Detective Bobby Freeman, who was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Mike Taylor, Captain Eddie Cain, Deputy Chief Jason Caddell, and K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt and his partner RICO.

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