4 arrested in 2 armed Elmore Co. home invasions; Helping woman make bond was motive

Published: Mar. 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM CDT
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin confirms four suspects are under arrest in connection with two home invasions/robberies that occurred within the last week.

Details are currently limited, but we know that of the four suspects, the ring leader is identified as a 16 year old.

Authorities say the suspects' motive in the armed home invasions were to get money and to use that money to help a female in the county jail reach her bond amount.

Sheriff Franklin says all four suspects will be tried as adults.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says the first home invasion happened last Thursday night in the Wallsboro Community, approximately three miles outside of Wetumpka.

The second home invasion happened Monday night between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the same general area.

In both cases, 3 or 4 male suspects armed with handguns, rifles, and shotguns were reported. Authorities say the suspects gain access to the houses by simply knocking on the door. Residents say once the door is opened, the group of males force their way inside and take control.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin described the suspects' method as 'bold' and 'aggressive.'

"In the case last night when the homeowner opened the door, three suspects rushed in the front door while a fourth suspect crashed through the backdoor," Franklin said.

Franklin says one of the victims in Monday's invasion was pistol whipped on top of the head but is expected to be okay.

The suspects are said to have taken items from the homes including the couple's Cadillac along with other personal items. The car was found Tuesday morning behind a doctor's office in Wetumpka.

Officials say the home invasion incident that occurred in the Millbrook over the weekend that led to a man being critically injured in a shooting does not appear to be connected to these incidents.

After the local media, including WSFA 12 News, reported the home invasions on social media, the sheriff's department got a call, a tip from someone who provided crucial information.

"That individual helped us find the four people today," Franklin said Tuesday. "They are not suspects but four 'persons of interest.'" The four juveniles were questioned separately by Elmore County sheriff detectives, and all four are said to be in their 'late teens.'

Wednesday came news of the charges.

WSFA 12 News will have more details shortly. Continue checking back.

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