The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has filed burglary charges against suspects who were arrested in two unrelated home invasions early Monday in Joplin.
Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said three men who broke into the home of Josh Halladay on West 11th Street about 2:20 a.m. Monday fought with Halladay inside the residence before fleeing.
Officers later located a man who matched the description of one of the intruders near 10th Street and Sergeant Avenue and arrested him on suspicion of burglary. Niess said a small amount of marijuana allegedly was discovered on Quincy E. Richards, 24, 1002 S. Jackson Ave., and he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana as well as first-degree burglary.
In a separate case, Joshua R. Odom, 19, 1720 Langston Hughes-Broadway, and Joel S. Craig, 28, 1704 S. Wall Ave., were charged with first-degree burglary in connection with an alleged home invasion and assault about 3 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of South Wall Avenue.
Niess said David Brown, 20, told officers that three men approached him outside his home, and two of them began punching him and chased him inside, where they continued assaulting Brown and another victim, Jonathan Lara, 18.
Officers located Odom and Craig at Craig’s home a block away and placed them under arrest. Niess said Brown and Lara did not require immediate medical attention as a consequence of the assaults.
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