The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

February 23, 2013

Police: Three arrested after breaking into house, holding man at gunpoint

ANDERSON, Ind. — Three people were arrested late Friday night on suspicion of breaking into a man’s house, holding him at gunpoint and asking for information about a drug deal gone wrong.

Police said that John A. Turner, 21; James L. Kilgore, 43; and Krystal Ketchpaw, 25, all of Anderson, broke into a man’s home at 4:19 p.m. in the 1500 block of East 18th Street and demanded information about Amber Height, 28, of Anderson. The three allegedly had been paying Height for prescription painkillers, said Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur.

Sandefur said the three suspects face preliminary charges of armed robbery and burglary, with other charges possible.

“It was basically a drug deal gone bad,” Sandefur said Saturday. “These were people who had been getting drugs from her, and she was supposed to share with them. When she didn’t, they came to confront her about it. They knew she was living there.”

The man called police after the incident. He told police he was in bed when he heard someone trying to break in through his front door. When he answered the door, the three rushed in and Turner pointed a semiautomatic chrome handgun at him while Kilgore questioned him about Height, Sandefur said.

“This was a plan they hatched after they didn’t get the pills, which we believe are Oxycontins,” Sandefur said.

After holding and questioning the resident for some time, the three suspects left together in an unidentified vehicle. Police pulled the vehicle over shortly after and found the trio and the handgun believed to have been used, Sandefur said.

Police believe the resident had no involvement in the crime, though Height has been living with him.

“We believe at least these three have been contributing money for these pills,” Sandefur said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

According to public records, Height has an extensive criminal arrest record and is currently wanted for a misdemeanor compulsory school attendance violation from 2011.

Kilgore also has a criminal record and was arrested in October for driving drunk and driving while suspended, according to public records.

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