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Couple found in home held at gunpoint

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Couple found in home held at gunpoint

A homeowner turned the tables on two burglary suspects he found inside his home Saturday and held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to a report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The situation unfolded when a homeowner came to his residence on Southeast 2nd Lane Road to do work on the house and found Andrew Murphy, 30, and his girlfriend, Roxanne Haywood, 30, inside the home. The report indicates when Deputy K. Minton arrived, Murphy and Haywood were standing outside the residence, along with the homeowner. After being read his rights, Murphy told Minton that he and his girlfriend left his grandmother’s house, which is nearby, on Friday night and “they were walking around trying to find a house to break into so they could keep warm and sleep in (it),” the report states. Murphy stated he removed tape from a window and unlocked the door, according to the report, and used tools in the residence to turn on a breaker to charge a phone, although the report indicates the breaker box did not appear tampered with and the tools were relocated inside the home. The report states when the male homeowner, whose age was not immediately available, arrived at the residence and found the two suspects, he called 911 and held the pair at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Murphy and Haywood were arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure. They remained in the Marion County Jail on Sunday afternoon with bail set at $5,000.

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