Man Arrested After Violent Home Invasion and High Speed Chase

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A man accused of beating a Georgetown couple inside their home will appear in court next week.

Stanley Stander, Jr. will be in Grant County District Court on Monday where he faces several charges in connection to a police chase.

Police in Grant County pulled a car over early yesterday morning that matched the description of a stolen car, after receiving a complaint of a reckless driver on I-75. The officer stopped the driver who then took off at a high rate of speed. Police chased the car until it crashed in Boone County.

Police say before that Stander broke into the home of Ralph and Mattie Michaels, assaulted the couple, tied them up and then stole their car.

After several hours, Ralph Michaels was able to free himself and contact police.

Ralph Michaels was treated at Georgetown Community Hospital, but has since been released. His wife, Mattie, was transported to UK where she's listed in stable, but serious condition with multiple injuries.

Stander has been charged with fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving In Grant County.

Stander will face additional charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, burglary, and robbery in Scott County.

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  • by mary Location: Painesville, Ohio on Jun 11, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    Have been praying - know that He will answer - "He Knows the storms that would our ways oppose- and tempers every wind that blows" Will continue to pray. Frank and Mary Kull
  • by Del and Bob Location: Elmsford, NY on Jun 9, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    Ralph and have always been like family to us..we have known and love you both for over 50 years..You have been with our family through the good and joyful times and ALWAYS there during the sad times. Just want you to know you are both in our prayers and that we Love you both VERY MUCH.
  • by Mim Location: Columbus,Oh on Jun 7, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    My message for the Michaels Family also did not get printed in its entirety. Ralph and Mattie have been like family to my immediate family since 1967 and they are two of the most thoughtful, caring and Godly people that I know. I pray Gods blessing for these two precious people each day and our God is the "Great Physician". I also pray for Stanley knowing that my God is a forgiving God, but justice still needs to be done. Thanks to Ralph & Mattie for all the lives they have touched. I love you..Mim
  • by Edie Location: New Castle, DE on Jun 5, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    Why are some comments not printed in their entirity? You can see some of them just stopped in the middle of a sentence as was mine. Ralph is my brother and Mattie just like a sister and I want them to know just how I feel about this terrible act of crime and torture they received. It will be some time before Mattie can read the comments but they may in time be able to be read to her. Mine was not the only comment that was not complete. Please let loved ones express themselves where we have the option to post our comments. Ralph and Mattie have touched so many lives and people just want to say thank you for what they mean to them. We love you Ralph and Mattie....but then you already know that.
  • by Mim Location: Columbus, Oh on Jun 4, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    I cannot explain the hurt and terrible feeling I felt when I received the message on my voice mail, about the terrible crime that happened to Major's Ralph
  • by Mary Ann(Lambeth) and Bruce Barnes Location: Oneonta,NY on Jun 4, 2007 at 05:40 PM
    Mary Ann's memories of the Michaels go back to her childhood in Southwest Ohio where the Michaels' had a profound influence in her growing up years. Bruce was deeply impacted by the way the Michaels' had touched his sessionmate Jody's life. What humble and gracious servants of the Lord. We pray for their recovery.
  • by Edie Location: New Castle, DE on Jun 4, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    I sent a comment last week, however it did not get posted. I honestly cannot understand how anyone can beat up on those who are unable to fight back as happened to you and Mattie. This was just HORRIBLE to say the least. I actually get nauseated
  • by Leona Location: Delaware, Ohio on Jun 4, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    Appreciation to you for allowing comments to be posted. Sorry that some did not get through in their entirety. I have been recalling people whose lives this couple has impacted; like Tasha who was very hostile on the first day of summer camp at Greenwood Lake until Major Michaels talked and prayed with her and told her she could be Honor Camper of the Week if she put her mind to it. Tasha made a complete turnaround and glowed as she received that award. There was Mike and Cathy whose marriage was in trouble and the Michaels provided them with housing for about a year. A middle-age couple lost their home when his job moved to another area and the Michaels arranged for housing for the family at The Salvation Army Camp until they could get back on their feet. These few instances could be multiplied many times over. The list would be remarkably long. The Michaels are respected and loved by their peers, family and the multitude to whom they ministered. May God hold them in His unfailing arms of love.
  • by Jaci Location: Tampa, Fla on Jun 4, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    My family and I are so sorry about this happening to Ralph and Mattie. Our prayers are with them and their children. God will take care of them.
  • by Warren on Jun 3, 2007 at 09:16 PM
    Uncle Ralph and Aunt Mattie - Deb, Megan and I have you in our constant thoughts and prayers. We love you and know we will see you soon. I can't believe something this terrible could happen to you but we're assured that God will keep you in his loving hands during this time.


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