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Robbery, theft suspects extradited from Florida

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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department traveled to Florida and brought back two people from Florida indicted in a home invasion case here that occurred on Oct. 31, 2009.

There are a total of six suspects in the case, and all have been indicted by the grand jury on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft of property. One of the suspects remains at large with authorities continuing to search for her, said Det. Brian Harbaugh. The suspect, Natalie Moefield, 25, has been described as the on-again, off-again girlfriend of the son of the woman who was at home at the time of the incident.

Other suspects have been identified as Anthony Lee Harris, 20, and Jennilee Walsh, 27, who were both extradited from Florida; Randy Pruitte, 20; Charles Allen Caldwell, 28; and Ronald Jacobsen, 33.

Harbaugh said Harris, Pruitte, Walsh and Caldwell remain in the Wilson County Jail under $50,000 bond each. Jacobsen was released after posting bond.

The first court appearance for the suspects is set for Jan. 26.

The incident occurred at a residence on North Old Hunters Point Pike in Lebanon at about 8:30 on the morning of Oct. 31. The victim, Priscilla Graves reported to authorities that several unidentified men entered her home that morning and assaulted her. She said she awoke to one of the suspects holding a gun at her head while another suspect tied her hands and feet together.

Graves told investigators that the suspects took several weapons from the home.

Graves occupies the home along with her husband who was at work at the time of the incident and their adult son who was also not at home then.

The investigation revealed that quite a bit of care was taken in disassembling several cordless phones at the home and that the suspects reportedly whispered to each other, likely in an effort to keep their voices from being recognized by Graves.

Investigators interviewed the son and they developed a list of his friends including Moefield. He told authorities she spoke to him the night of the incident and invited him to her house. The son said the invitation was unusual, but he accepted anyway.

Investigators interviewed the friends and developed the list of suspects. They reportedly implicated themselves and co-defendants in the case, and their statements led to searches of vehicles and other residences which produced evidence from the incident.Regarding the victim’s son who was interviewed by authorities, Harbaugh emphasized, “He is not a suspect.”

Sheriff Terry Ashe said the indictments were the result of “an excellent investigation by Det. Brian Harbaugh and Cpl. Steve Gatlin, Criminal Warrants Division.”

Gatlin assisted detectives throughout the investigation in gathering information about the suspects and their whereabouts before and after the indictments were handed down. Gatlin then orchestrated the apprehension of the suspects through multiple states and jurisdictions.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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