Richmond man charged in violent home invasion

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMarch 12, 2014 

A Richmond man was charged in connection with a violent home invasion Sunday, Richmond police said Wednesday.

Steven J. Sowers, 30, was charged Monday with first-degree robbery and lodged in the Madison County jail, a police release said.

The home invasion was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Jason Drive. Upon arrival, officers met with the 61-year-old man who reported that he had been assaulted and robbed.

The victim had responded to a knock at his apartment door thinking it was one of his children. When he opened the door, two men forced their way into his residence and ordered him to the floor. Both men were wearing bandanas on their faces at the time of entry, the release said.

One robber took possession of an RCA voice recorder the victim kept near his recliner and the two men began searching his home and removed two bottles of prescription methadone pills.

The victim is disabled and uses a walker. The victim reported that while he was on the floor, one of the men struck him in the face repeatedly. The men then removed $1,200 in cash from his pockets, and then used an electrical cord to tie the victim's hands. The men kicked him repeatedly as they forced him into a small closet.

The men then left the apartment. It was later discovered that they had also taken a silver Nokia cellular telephone.

The victim was able to free himself and called for help. He suffered numerous injuries, including cuts to his knee, both wrists from the tightness of the restraints, and both arms.

During the course of the investigation, Sowers was identified as one of the two men involved in the crime.

On Monday, officers talked with Sowers at his home. He was arrested on an existing outstanding warrant charging him with receiving stolen property under $10,000 and theft by deception under $500 in a case brought by Kentucky State Police.

Sowers was taken to the Richmond police department, where he was interviewed. In addition to the robbery charge, he also was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Efforts to identify the other suspect are continuing, police said.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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