Commonwealth Journal

January 29, 2014

3 are arrested 1 person freed, in Goochtown home invasion

Court drops charges against Gregory Scott

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

Charges have been dropped against a previous suspect in a recent home invasion in northern Pulaski, and three more arrests have been made, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Gregory W. Scott, of Crab Orchard, 36, appeared in Pulaski District Court on Wednesday morning where the robbery charges against him were dismissed. He was immediately released from the Pulaski County Detention Center where he was being held after turning himself in earlier this week.
 On Tuesday night, two suspects were arrested — Aaron N. Tungate, 29, of Country Lane, Somerset, and Victor M. Frantz, 27, of Reddish Street, Ferguson. Both were charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, and two counts of theft of a firearm.
Both suspects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
An arrest warrant was issued for a third suspect as well. Richard Shannon Patrick, 40, of Losey Street, Somerset, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, and two counts of theft of a firearm.
On Wednesday afternoon, Patrick was apprehended and lodged in the detention center.
On Monday, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a home invasion on Glade Fork Road in the far northern part of the county. The victims reported that three suspects forced their way into the home armed with a bat and knife, and an altercation ensued that cause a weapon to discharge into the wall of the home.
The victims initially told investigators that they recognized one of the suspects, identifying him as Scott. Based on that information, a warrant was issued for Scott’s arrest in connection with the crime.
After his arrest, investigators interviewed Scott, who maintained his innocence and provided detectives with the names of other witnesses who could potentially account for his whereabouts during the time frame in which the home invasion occurred, according to the sheriff’s department.
While investigators pursued the case based on Scott’s information, detectives were also following up on other leads connected to the incident, and were other to identify other suspects. Additionally, the detectives managed to uncover information that seemed to exonerate Scott.
“This is a case where the victims thought they knew who one of the suspects was and  were convinced in their own mind that they had identified the correct suspect” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood. “Our detectives were diligent in following all the leads that were developed including the alibis provided by Gregory Scott. That due diligence led to the  identification of the correct set of suspects and exonerated Scott from these allegations.” 
The sheriff said that it’s believed the suspects and the victims did know each other prior to the incident.
Wood noted that there is still no information that investigators currently have that definitively connects this home invasion to another similar incident which took place in the early morning hours Tuesday on Valley Road.