Observant citizens helped Alexandria Police solve a residential armed robbery Wednesday.
Chief Mark Collins reports the arrest of three people in the robbery at a home on Measles Lane. The owner of the home was later taken into custody on drug charges and an occupant of the residence was picked up on outstanding warrants from Wilson County.
Those arrested and their charges are 24 year old Michael Ray Slaughter of Clarksville, aggravated robbery , theft over $1000 , and evading Arrest; 25 year old Dustin Shane Puckett of Watertown, aggravated robbery and theft over $1000; and 26 Year old Joseph Clark Hindelang of Lebanon, aggravated robbery, theft over $1000, possession of a schedule VI drug ( marijuana) for resale , and a seventh offense of driving on a suspended license. The suspects' vehicle was also seized as a result of the investigation.
Meanwhile, 41 year old Angela Dawn Engelhardt, the owner of the Measles Lane home, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia while another woman living at the residence, 30 year old Angela Bartels , has been arrested on outstanding warrants from Wilson County. Engelhardt was not at home at the time of the incident but was arrested later Wednesday night.
All will appear in court on August 16th.
According to Chief Collins, the investigation began after Alexandria Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 141 Measles Lane.
Police learned that two of the suspects entered the home, displayed handguns and forced the occupants, an adult female and two children , to sit and remain quiet while they went through the home taking several things including electronics, jewelry, personal items, and narcotics. After leaving the home, the suspects fled into the woods nearby but they were seen by witnesses, who reported it to Sergeant Chris Russell. After spotting a man running out of the woods, Sergeant Russell gave chase. After a short foot pursuit, the man, Slaughter was placed in custody. Shortly thereafter witnesses saw the suspects' vehicle on High Street and reported it. Police responded, found the driver, Hindelang, and placed him in custody. Witnesses also reported having seen the third suspect, Puckett , running out of the woods on Brush Creek Highway. As a result, police found Puckett and arrested him. During a search of the area, officers recovered items taken from the home along with approximately 42 grams of marijuana found in the suspects' vehicle and other items believed to have been stolen from another location.
The investigation was conducted by Chief Collins and Sgt. Russell
Chief Collins said he would like to commend the actions of the observant citizens for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects as well as assistance from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department