Joshua Wayne Smith

A Laurel County man was arrested this week in connection with a December home invasion.

Joshua Wayne Smith, 34, of Rocky Branch Road, London, Ky., was arrested Monday on a Pulaski Circuit Court warrant after he was indicted by a Pulaski County grand jury.

The indictment was the result of a probe by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

According to the sheriff’s department, on December 18, 2014, units responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on Heather Hills Drive in the eastern part of the county.

Upon arrival, it was learned that a resident returned home from work and allegedly encountered the suspect present and trying to remove property.

During the encounter, a struggle ensued, and the suspect was subdued by the resident until the arrival of deputies, according to the sheriff’s department.

When asked about how the victim was able to subdue the suspect, Det. Glen Bland of the sheriff’s office noted that the resident “stays fit” 

Smith was charged with first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking (under $10,000), first-degree criminal mischief, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (he was convicted prior to this for possession of controlled substance in Clay County, according to Bland).

Bland said that Smith also has bruglary and theft charges he’s facing in Clay and Owsley Counties.

Smith is currently incarcerated in Laurel County and held on a $100,000 cash bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

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