Home invasion being investigated
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Johnson County man in connection with a reported home invasion that occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at 612 Sixth Street in Wellman.
The Washington County Communications Center police log said that a caller had reported at least two men had broken into the residence armed with handguns. She reported that they had pursued her husband, who had left the residence. Officers responded. The incident remains under investigation.
Dunbar said that the suspects had been looking for someone in the house. He said there was evidence of forced entry. He also said that the caller had given sheriff’s deputies the names of some suspects, whom the department is trying to locate. One of the suspects, Justin Halter, 35, of Johnson County, also has a warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He said the investigation is con-
tinuing and there are no charges yet. Depending on the investigation, Dunbar said, charges of armed burglary could be filed.
“We don’t know how many people there actually were,” he said. “The woman who called it in originally said there were three but later dropped down to two.”
He said that the caller had been awakened by the subjects and, in a half-awake state, was not sure of the number. He also said that deputies are still trying to confirm that the subjects had a gun.
The person in the residence that the subjects were allegedly seeking was home when the break-in occurred, Dunbar said. The subject had run out of the residence and run downtown. No one was injured during the incident. He said that the subject and Halter had previously been incarcerated together. He also said that no reason had been stated for the break-in.
Dunbar said that deputies had been to the house in the past. He said that one time there was an overdose in the house. According to The Journal’s police logs, Halter was arrested in Washington County on Feb. 19 in Ainsworth for public intoxication. Dunbar said the outstanding warrant on Halter is for a weapons charge.