The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 16, 2013

Fayette County

Two men charged in connection with home invasion robbery

Two Fayette County men have been arrested for their involvement in a home invasion robbery in the Hilltop area on Jan. 29, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Steven R. Sullivan, 33, of Oak Hill, and Jeremy S. Bailey, 33, of Glen Jean, were arrested and charged Friday with felony offenses of robbery, burglary and assault. They were taken into custody without incident and are being arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court.

Fayette County 911 received notification in the late morning hours of Jan. 29 of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred in the Prudence Road area in Hilltop.

When deputies responded to the scene, they found that Daniel Sullivan, 38, stepfather of Steven Sullivan, had been brutally beaten.

He reported that two masked male perpetrators had forced entry into his home, assaulted him by beating him repeatedly with a metal heater, and attempted to steal drugs from his residence.

Daniel Sullivan was initially transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, but was later transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center where he is still recovering from his injuries from the attack.

After a lengthy investigation, detectives were able to gather enough information to obtain warrants for the arrest of Steven Sullivan and Jeremy Bailey.

“We received a great deal of assistance from the public throughout this investigation,” Sheriff Steve Kessler said. “We received numerous tips and leads through the CrimeStoppers hotline, the crime tips section of the Sheriff’s Office website, and through our agency Facebook page. These tips and leads enabled us to target our investigative activities and ultimately led to the positive identification of these two suspects and their eventual arrest.”

Kessler added, “We’ve investigated several reports of home invasion robberies throughout Fayette County in the past several months. Several of these reports have been found to be drug-related — drug dealers robbing other drug dealers. This crime was not in that category. This was an innocent victim who was allegedly targeted by his stepson, who knew that he had prescription drugs in his residence. This incident is not believed to be related to the other incidents of reported home invasion robberies throughout the area.”

Kessler said other investigations are still in progress for other robberies.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

 

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