Crime

3 charged in violent Pulaski County home invasion

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The Pulaski County sheriff's department has charged three people in what deputies described as a violent home invasion and robbery Sunday.

Aaron Tungate, 29, of Somerset; Victor Frantz, 27, of Ferguson; and Richard Shannon Patrick, 40, of Somerset are charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and two counts each of theft of a firearm, according to the sheriff's office.

Tungate and Frantz were arrested late Tuesday. Patrick was arrested Wednesday.

Officers also said they exonerated a fourth man in the case who was briefly held and then released after charges against him were dropped.

Deputies said the arrests came after three men forced their way into a home Sunday morning on Glade Fork Road, fought with homeowner Daniel Lang, and fled after taking cash, jewelry and two guns.

A neighbor fired on the robbers with a shotgun as they left, according to the sheriff's department.

Pulaski Sheriff Tom Wood said the exonerated man originally was arrested because of mistaken identity.

"This is a case where the victims thought they knew who one of the suspects was and were convinced in their own minds that they had identified the correct suspect," Wood said.

Wood said the man provided an alibi, which checked out when detectives investigated.

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