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NC Trio Charged in Tennessee Home Invasions PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 07:24

Three men arrested last year in North Carolina—posing as police— have now been charged with a number of serious counts in Tennessee, joining a fourth suspect from Ashe.  The Johnson City Press is reporting the trio charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and other counts from a series of home invasions and shootings in Johnson County. Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said Chad N. Collins of Wilkesboro, James Ray Hugus of Raleigh, and Robert Lee Miller Jr., of the Champion area of Wilkes County are now tied to 2010 and 2011 home invasions in Laurel Bloomery. The trio was tied in after Ashe County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested them for similar crimes. The sheriff said that the intruders made four trips to the Laurel Bloomery house, with their last trip ending in a shooting that caused serious injuries. Just like cases on the North Carolina side of the state line, Tennessee cases involved residents answering a knock at the door, with the trio claiming to be—and dressed as—police officers.  One case goes back to March 7, 2010 at Arvil and Margaret Clark’s Laurel Bloomery home, the intruders used zip ties to bind the Clarks at gunpoint. They spent three hours searching the residence, claiming they were looking for drugs and money. They took guns and medications from the residence and left the Clarks tied up. A week later, Arvil Clark exchanged gunfire as it appeared the same perpetrators had returned, possibly hitting one of the suspects.  More shots were fired 11 months later—24 shots fired into the house, according to sheriff Reece, and both of the Clarks were injured in the gunfire.  The break for Tennessee authorities came last spring when Larry Thomas Greer of Jefferson was arrested in the case, then the Ashe arrests, leading to charges against Collins, Hugus, and Miller, and to the discovery of a weapon in a Raleigh residence.

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