The Herald Bulletin

November 22, 2013

Second suspect arrested in home invasion case

By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — Police say a violent offender has been arrested in connection with a home invasion in which three people were injured.

On Friday, Anderson police arrested Tyrus Bryant, 29, at 10:15 a.m. when he checked in with his parole officer, said Chad Boynton, an assistant public information officer for the Anderson Police Department.

“We knew he was going to be meeting with him, so we were there waiting for him,” Boynton said.

Bryant, who resides in the 4400 block of Alhambra Drive, Anderson, was charged with a Class A felony for armed robbery, a Class A felony for burglary, a Class B felony for a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun, two counts of a Class B felony for criminal confinement and two counts of a Class D felony for pointing a firearm.

In July he was released from prison, where he was serving time on a 2004 conviction in an armed robbery and criminal confinement case.

Boynton said Bryant, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 260 pounds was the larger of the two men who broke into a home in the 1900 block of Fletcher Street at about 10:15 a.m. on Monday. A second man, who police describe as between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 160 to 170 pounds and in his 20s, is being sought in connection with the case.

The two men allegedly forced their way into the home from a rear entrance seeking money and drugs, police say.

A woman inside the residence was struck in the back of the head with a gun and two other men inside the residence at the time of the home invasion were also battered by Bryant and his accomplice, Boynton said. The woman was taken to the hospital where she received staples to close the wound to her head and released.

Anderson police have also arrested Tarrah D. Hummel, 34, of the 1900 block of Poplar Street, Anderson, in connection with the case. Hummel, who was arrested on Tuesday, is charged with aiding and inducing or causing an armed robbery a Class A felony. She is being held on a $35,000 bond.

Boynton said Hummel was originally reported as a kidnapping victim in the incident. She had arrived at the residence shortly before the robbery and left with the men after the crime.

“Hummel was initially reported as being abducted,” Boynton said. “However, through our investigation it was determined she was involved and she had pre-planned the robbery with Tyrus. She admitted to her role in the robbery.”

Police are searching for a final suspect in the case.

“With any home invasion or robbery, we are not content with apprehending two of three suspects,” Boynton said. “We will work diligently to apprehend the third suspect as well.”

Police initially said Anthony Harris was connected to the case, but officials have since clarified that Harris was not involved in the Fletcher Street home invasion.

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