Second arrest made in brutal Pinch home invasions
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies have made a second arrest in connection with a pair of brutal home invasions in Pinch in February.
Casey Michael Givens, 21, of Elkview, was arrested this morning and charged with robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of burglary in connection with two home invasions on Feb. 28, according to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Givens and Aaron B. Chapman, 21, were at Chapman's house on the night of Feb. 27 drinking and smoking marijuana when they allegedly started talking about robbing some neighbors. They allegedly asked to borrow a crowbar from Chapman's roommate.
Early in the morning of Feb. 28, the two men allegedly broke into the home of Ramona Jones, 74 and tried to break into the home of Frank Mace, 59. Jones was severely beaten during the alleged attack, suffering a broken collarbone, broken ribs, broken vertebrae and a broken facial bone, according to the criminal complaint. Jewelry and a flat-screen television were missing.
Mace was able to keep his alleged attackers from getting into his house, but was injured when they allegedly smashed the glass out of the front door, according to the criminal complaint.
Deputies discovered a crowbar believed used in the attacks. A bloodhound tracked the alleged attackers from Jones's house to Mace's house back to Chapman's house, the criminal complaint said.
Chapman was arrested March 25 and charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery and two counts of nighttime burglary for his part in the alleged attacks. He remains in the South Central Regional Jail.
Givens was taken to the South Central Regional Jail following arraignment this morning. Bail was set at $25,000.
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