Police in Richmond say five people were arrested after a violent home invasion on Martin Drive, where one man was injured.
The home invasion also led police to another location where officer's say they found six-pounds of marijuana, thousands of dollars in cash and an indoor marijuana growing operation.
"It's a little bit bigger than the normal street dealer and not quite the size of a large of source of supply, but they were still a good-sized dealer," said Major Bobb Mott, with Richmond Police.
Major Mott said officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of Martin Drive to investigate a report of a home invasion.
Upon arrival, one of the residents of the home advised officers that he awakened to discover an intruder in his bedroom. After the intruder left the room, the resident got up to investigate and found the back door open.
Upon checking the front door, the resident observed a male holding a jar of coins run to the rear of the house. The resident indicated that he then observed two males sitting in his roommate's vehicle in front of the house.
When he went to investigate, the two men attacked him causing minor injuries. The resident was able to escape and returned to the residence to get his second roommate.
The two then returned outside at which time the two men fled in the third roommate's car. The third roommate was not located at the time of the incident.
The two roommates at the scene reported that the intruders had unsuccessfully attempted to steal an Xbox gaming system, but were only able to make off with $200.00 in cash and two pair of sunglasses which were taken from the victims' vehicles.
The missing roommate was identified as Witmer J. Lopez, age 21, Lexington, KY. A subsequent search of his room produced less than eight ounces of marijuana, plastic baggies, digital scales, a grinder and several empty pill bottles.
At approximately 9:45 A.M., Lopez returned to the home on Martin Drive driving his vehicle. At that time he was cited by officers for Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8 Ounces and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
At approximately 1:00 P.M., officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 500 block of Hampton Way after receiving information that the two suspects in the aforementioned home invasion were at this location. Officers arrived and found that Lopez had been followed by his two roommates to the apartment on Hampton Way where they observed the two males who had committed the earlier home invasion and theft. They were identified as Seth K. Adkins, age 19, and Mikal D. Thackston, age 18, both of Maysville, KY. A confrontation ensued and the two victims recovered their stolen sunglasses and money from the two suspects prior to police arrival.
When officers made contact with the residents of the apartment, officers observed marijuana and drug paraphernalia to be present. Officers then obtained a search warrant and recovered the following items from inside the apartment:
Approximately six pounds of marijuana
Approximately $2500 in cash
Assorted bongs and marijuana pipes
Assorted equipment for an indoor marijuana growing operation
Six small marijuana plants
In addition to Adkins and Thackston, Lopez was present in the apartment at the time of the search along with the residents, William C. Upchurch, age 23, and Jacob Walters, age24. All were lodged in the MCDC, charged with the following offenses:
Seth Adkins: Robbery 1st Degree; Trafficking in Marijuana More Than 5 Pounds
Mikal Thackston: Robbery 1st Degree
Witmer Lopez: Trafficking in Marijuana More Than 5 Pounds; Tampering with Physical Evidence
William Upchurch: Trafficking in Marijuana More Than 5 Pounds; Cultivation of Marijuana 5 Plants or More
Jacob Walters: Trafficking in Marijuana More Than 5 Pounds; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.Pictured here are William Upchurch,Witmer Lopez,Seth Adkins,Mikal Thackston,Jacob Walters
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