Police located and arrested a suspect within 13 minutes of a home-invasion robbery attempt in which a shot was fired early today in south central Joplin.
Officers responded to a 4:33 a.m. report of a shooting at 1830 S. Indiana Ave., where they learned that the front door of the residence had been kicked in by a masked man with a handgun who stormed in demanding money from two occupants. He reportedly fired a shot and fled.
Capt. Trevor Duncan of the Joplin Police Department said in a news release this morning that the occupants recognized the intruder by his voice and identified him to police. Officers went to the last known address for the suspect at 2302 S. Wall Ave. and found him sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle near the corner of 23rd Street and Wall Avenue.
Duncan said the suspect, who was in possession of two handguns, was taken into custody without incident at 4:46 a.m. Charges of burglary, robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon are being sought on Bradley D. Powell, 21.
Duncan said no one was injured in the shooting or in the arrest of Powell.