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Home Invasion Suspect Arrested; Arrest Hits Close To Home
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: John Tincher, Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Apr. 2, 2012 9:13 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 3, 2012 6:34 PM EDT
Shrewsbury , Kanawha County , West Virginia
An arrest has been made in a violent home invasion. Neighbors in Shrewsbury have been on edge since the crime happened on Sunday, but the arrest hits a little too close to home for one woman we spoke to shortly after the crime.
"Makes me afraid because me and him are here by ourselves, you know?" Ora Brown told us Monday.
Brown was on nervous after hearing that her neighbors, whom she's related to, were the victims of the home invasion. Police say a man went into the home with a gun demanding cash and pills and threatened to tie up the elderly couple with duct tape, before being fought off.
On Tuesday police arrested Timothy Joshua Beard in Cedar Grove. Police say witnesses saw him running from the home and he admitted to the home invasion after his arrest.
"We finally have an arrest and we're very relieved because we had labeled him as armed and dangerous and were fearful what would happen if he came in contact with the wrong people," Lt. Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says.
But it turns out for Mrs. Brown, the arrest hits very close to home, Beard is her grandson.
"He had been doing good, working for people," Brown says.
She says she's shocked and doesn't believe the accusations, saying Beard had been working to turn his life around after being released from prison last year.
She says he had been doing work for her around her home and was making good money and that she was trying to get him to go to church.
"I never would think he'd do something like that," Brown says.
But Brown says regardless of the outcome she knows one thing.
"Regardless of what he's done I love him, he's been good to me and worked hard for me and I love him."
Beard is charged with robbery.
Police have arrested the suspect in a violent home invasion that happened Sunday.
31-year old Timothy "Joshua" Beard of Cedar Grove is in custody at this time.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.
Kanawha County deputies need your help to find the man they say is responsible for a violent home invasion that happened over the weekend.
According to a release from Lt. Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, arrest warrants have been issued for 31-year old Timothy "Joshua" Beard of Cedar Grove.
Beard is described as a white male, standing approximately 5'11" tall, and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. Deputies say Beard frequents the streets of Cedar Grove. He is wanted in connection with the home invasion style robbery of Bobby and Barbara Hodge of Ferry Street in Shrewsbury that happened Sunday morning.
Deputies believe Beard to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information of the crime or Beard's whereabouts, call the KCSO at (304) 357-0169.
Neighbors on edge, and detectives working overtime to find a man who allegedly robbed an elderly couple at gunpoint, Sunday morning.
Deputies say they have several suspects, but until he's behind bars, those who live in Shrewsbury say they'll be keeping a watchful eye out for their neighbors.
"Makes me afraid because me and him are here by ourselves, you know?" says Ora Brown. News of Sunday morning's home invasion in her Shrewsbury neighborhood has taken it's tool on her and her husband.
"You never know who he might try to attack next time," she said.
Ora says the victims are her niece, Barbara Hodge, and her husband, Bobby Hodge. Kanawha deputies were called to their Ferry Road home around 11:30 Sunday morning after the Hodge's called 911 and said they'd been robbed at gunpoint inside their own home.
"After money was given to the male, the suspect attempted to gain prescription medications," explained Cpl. Sean Snuffer.
A brazen, broad daylight attack, and just next door, a church filled with neighbors worshiping on a Sunday morning.
"You know he had his nerve didn't he," said Ora Brown.
Deputies say the suspect even set his gun down, and went to duct tape to apparently bind the couple, but Bobby Hodge fought back, and the suspect fled.
"He started out the door but Bob runned to get his gun, he was going to kill him. He was going to shoot him, but he got away," said Brown.
Police say the couple may have been targeted because of the medication, and the suspect may have known Barbara was sick.
"I just hope they catch him, but I don't know if by him getting away that quick they'll ever do it or not, you know, but he'll probably try somebody else no doubt," she said.
The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, and was carrying a black and red backpack. He was also wearing black and silver Nike tennis shoes and had on jeans a gray jacket.
If you have any information, call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.
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