A Webb City man entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment on an armed robbery charge stemming from an alleged home invasion April 13 west of Carl Junction.

Khari J. Lang, 22, appeared before Associate Court Judge Joe Hensley in Jasper County Circuit Court via video conference with the Jasper County Jail in Carthage. The judge appointed a public defender for Lang and set his next court date on May 15.

Lang has been held without bond since his arrest on a first-degree robbery charge the day of the crime. The judge denied his request for bond at the arraignment.

Lang is accused of entering a residence at 29270 Hunter Road and forcing occupant Gage Welton into a bathroom at gunpoint with a shotgun. While Welton was being held captive in the bathroom, a friend of the alleged victim, Isaac Phillips, arrived at the residence and was met at the front door by the suspect holding the shotgun, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case.

The affidavit states that Lang pointed the gun at Phillips and told him to go away. Phillips later told a Jasper County deputy that Lang was holding some belongings of Welton's roommate, Matthew Phillips, when he ordered him to leave. Lang later left the property himself in a gold Lexus headed toward Route JJ.

Matthew Phillips told investigators that the gunman might be someone with whom he had worked. He was able to call up his Facebook page and Welton identified Lang as the suspect with the shotgun, according to the affidavit. Lang was taken into custody a short time later at his home in Webb City.

The affidavit states that investigators found the shotgun believed to have been used in the robbery in an upstairs bedroom of the defendant. Seven video games stolen from the victims were recovered from his kitchen, according to the affidavit.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.