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Four arrested by Manchester police after allegedly robbing three homes – one at gunpoint

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Manchester police arrested four subjects early Tuesday morning after an overnight outbreak of home invasions in Coffee County.

In custody are Dakota E. Newson, 18, of Tullahoma, Dakota “Cody” Brock, 18, of Manchester, Alex H. Brown, 28, of Manchester, and a 17-year-old male whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile,  also of Manchester. Another suspect is on the run but authorities did not release that name before press time.

The four were arrested near Brock’s home at 233 Fredonia Rd. early Tuesday morning and just minutes after allegedly robbing a home at gunpoint at 2045 Boynton Valley Rd. The gun was allegedly stolen by the group just an hour earlier from a home at 100 Ann Street in Tullahoma. That robbery took place after they allegedly forced their way into a home at 1001 Lincoln St. in Manchester.

The suspects face a myriad of charges from three separate law enforcement agencies. According to investigator Stuart Colwell with the Manchester Police Department, MPD will file charges of aggravated burglary and robbery; Tullahoma Police Department will file charges of aggravated burglary, robbery and assault; and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department will file charges of aggravated armed burglary and aggravated robbery.

“It was a very good job by everyone in this case,” said Manchester Police Department chief Mark Yother. “Stuart and Jackie [Matheny, Jr.] did a very good job and had assistance from all the patrol in apprehending these subjects.”

According to authorities, the four, and possibly other suspects, played parts in three different home invasions throughout the early morning hours Tuesday.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Manchester police responded to a call at 1001 Lincoln St. in Manchester after a complainant inside of the home reported that five male intruders were in the home and that “he and his father were hiding in the closet.” The complainant also advised that there were other family members sleeping in the house, according to a report filed by MPD officer Keith Hendrix.

The suspects had already fled the area before police could arrive, according to the report. The complainant, Bryan A. Welch, 21, advised the he was awake on the computer when he heard two light knocks on the garage door. According to the report, Welch then answered the door and saw Brock. Once the door was open, Welch told officers that four other males, all wearing bandanas, came in through the doorway and pushed him against the doorway and “demanded to know where the money was.”

According to the report, they pushed him to his father’s door and told him to get money. At that point, Welch and his father were able to call police and hid in the closet. The suspects allegedly took a laptop valued at $1,300.

Later, at approximately 5:12 a.m. the Tullahoma Police Department responded to a call at 100 Anne Street in Tullahoma. According to a report, the suspects took money, medication and a necklace from that residence.

Approximately one hour later, at 6:05 a.m., Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to 2045 Boynton Valley Rd. after a complainant alleged his home was robbed by four men wearing all black and armed with a handgun.

The car the suspects were allegedly traveling in, a green Dodge Neon, was spotted shortly after the Boynton Valley home invasion by Colwell, who had set up surveillance on Brock’s home after he was identified in the robbery on Lincoln St.

“Stuart waited on them to come back home at that address when they heard the call come out at Boynton Valley Rd.,” explained Yother. “When he saw them he called for other officers and they were taken into custody.”

The court date for Newson, Brock and Brown is scheduled for March 11. The juvenile appeared in court Tuesday.