Home invasion under scrutiny

Home invasion under scrutiny

An apparent home invasion Monday morning has led to the arrest of two Martin men. According to an incident report, Martin Police officers, along with members of the 27th Judicial District Special Response team responded to the scene of an apparent home invasion which occurred early Monday morning.
The victim told officers an unidentified black male wearing dark clothing came to his residence on Walters Street that morning, apparently forcing his way into the home and proceeded to assault the victim with the help of another unidentified black male.
Both of the suspects, one known at the time as “DC,”   reportedly took a 9 mm handgun from the victim, along with his wallet and fled the scene.
Officers attempted to execute a search warrant at 505 North McCombs St., the residence of 48-year-old Dwayne “DC” Edwards, Monday afternoon. No contact was made with Edwards at that residence, according to information provided by the MPD. Edwards was located, however, 20 minutes later at 66 North McCombs St. Twenty minutes later, officers then arrested 44-year-old Antonio Hogard at 149 Hyndsver Road in Martin for alleged connection with the early-morning incident.
The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
In unrelated news, a Martin automotive business was the victim of thefts for a second time last week.
According to an incident report, the Martin Police Department was called to Taylor Automotive in Martin for a report of stolen catalytic converters and particulate filters from trucks sitting on the car lot.
The apparent theft was discovered Wednesday morning. The targeted vehicles included three new Dodge Ram diesel trucks, according to the incident report. The incident reportedly occurred between 5:30 p.m. March 6 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The cost of repair of the trucks is estimated at $8,000 each, totaling $24,000.
This is the second time the dealership has filed a report of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles on its lot.
In other news, the MPD arrested 22-year-old Tyler White Thursday for driving under the influence. According to an incident report, Lt. Phillip Fuqua and patrolman James Merrell were traveling in a patrol car on University Street in front of the administration when a vehicle headed in the opposite direction apparently drove over the grass median into the patrol car’s lane of travel.
Fuqua activated his emergency lights to get the vehicle to stop. During the stop, the report said the officers detected an odor of alcohol emitting from White.
White reportedly admitted to officers he had consumed six alcoholic beverages before driving that night.
The driver of the vehicle was unable to perform field sobriety tests.
White was taken into custody and agreed to submit a breath sample, according to the report, which read .036 BAC.
He was transported to a local hospital for a blood test after he reportedly admitted to using marijuana earlier that day as well.

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