Crime

Police charge 2 after Montgomery County home invasion

The Montgomery County sheriff's office has arrested two men in an incident in which a man was assaulted and robbed.

Matthew Bolen, 34, and Dustin Moore, 32, were charged Friday in connection with the assault and robbery of Joe Ballard, 48, said Detective Ralph Charles of the sheriff's office. All the men are from Mount Sterling.

Sheriff Fred Shortridge said Alicia Gabbard, 27, also of Mount Sterling, was interviewed and is a person of interest in the case, but officers did not charge her.

Ballard, who was struck in the head and duct-taped, was able to get away and call police from a neighbor's home. Police received the first call about the incident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Money was taken, but Charles would not say how much.

Bolen was taken into custody after a farmer saw a bloodied man walking near the Ballard property. He cut himself while breaking a window to enter the home, Shortridge said.

Bolen was charged with robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment, Charles said. Shortridge said he was unsure of the charges against Moore, who was arrested later in the day, but Shortridge said they were likely similar to those against Bolen.

The two men are being held at the Montgomery County jail.

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