ERWIN - Two men have been apprehended and now face charges related to a home invasion that occurred earlier this month in the town of Unicoi.
Corey William Livesay, 19, 3035 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, and Anthony James Davis, 25, 1235 Little Warrensburg Road, Midway were arrested Wednesday by officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department. Both men have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft.
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said investigators had developed Livesay as a suspect in Dec. 9 home invasion that occurred at a residence on Pleasant Hill Drive, but that Livesay was actually taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on an unrelated matter. He was arrested on a violation of parole warrant out of Greene County Criminal Court, Hensley said.
During an interview conducted by investigators following Livesay's arrest, officials learned of Livesay's involvement in the home invasion, Hensley said. The sheriff said Livesay had information that only a person involved would have known.
"Upon the interview with him, we were able to put everything together," Hensley said. "He helped us with it."
Davis was arrested for his alleged involvement in the home invasion at around 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday in Jonesborough, Hensley said. The sheriff said once Davis was developed as a suspect, the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department began working with law enforcement agencies in Jonesborough, Washington County and Johnson City.
Davis also faces additional charges of theft over $1,000 and burglary for his alleged involvement in a burglary that occurred at the Maple Grove Restaurant around three weeks prior to the home invasion, Hensley said. The Maple Grove Restaurant is owned by Jerry and Wanda Vance, who was the victim of the home invasion, Hensley said.
On Dec. 9 at around 9:30 p.m., Wanda Vance reported that she had returned home to her Pleasant Hill Drive residence when she was approached by two men wearing ski masks, officials said. Hensley said the men grabbed Vance and forced her into her home where they taped her to a chair. Vance reported that the men demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill her husband upon his return to the home if she did not provide it. After Vance told the men she did not have the combination and could not open the safe, the men fled the home and ran toward nearby Marbleton Road, Hensley said.
A search for the men was initiated that evening, and the sheriff's department initially offered a $1,000 reward for information in the case. That reward amount was doubled to $2,000 earlier this week, but Hensley said Wednesday the reward did not bring any information to light.
Hensley said Livesay was likely familiar with the Vances, but he declined to elaborate on their relationship or how Livesay was developed as a suspect. But Hensley said those involved knew there was a safe in the home, confirming the initial belief that the home invasion was planned and not a random incident.
"There's no question these guys had this planned," Hensley said. "They went it and tied the lady up, taped her to the chair. And there's no question that they knew what they were doing. They knew what time she was coming home...There's no question that we have the right people charged with this incident."
Both Livesay and Davis are scheduled to appear today in Unicoi County General Sessions Court. Hensley said officials are not looking to charge anyone else in the home invasion incident at this time.
"My office, my investigators, have worked tirelessly on this case," Hensley said. "Anytime you've got individuals going into a home, kidnapping a lady, taping her to a chair, it puts everyone in fear, and we've worked very, very hard to get this case solved."
Earlier report posted at 6:15 p.m.:
One man is in jail and Unicoi County sheriff's officials filed warrants for another man on charges related to a home invasion earlier this month, Sheriff Mike Hensley announced during a press conference Wednesday.
Corey Livesay, 19, of Unicoi, was arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft, Hensley said. The sheriff's office has a warrant for the arrest of Anthony James Davis, 25, from Midway, on felony charges as well.
The home invasion happened Dec. 9 around 9:30 p.m. on Pleasant Hill Drive. The resident there told officers two masked men approached her as she returned home that night. The men forced their way into her home and taped her to a chair.
Anyone with information about Davis' whereabouts can call the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office at 743-1850.
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Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley will hold a press conference at 6 p.m. Wednesday. He is expected to release information related to the identities of at least two people involved in a home invasion that took place Dec. 9 at a residence on Pleasant Hill Drive.
Authorities have been searching for two men who forced their way into the home with the intent of robbing the residence.
A woman reported that she had returned to her home on Pleasant Hill Drive, located off Marbleton Road, around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and was approached by two men wearing ski masks.
Hensley said the men forced the woman into her home, where they taped her to a chair. They then demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill the woman's husband upon his return if she did not provide the combination, Hensley said.
The woman told the men she did not have the combination and was unable to open the safe. Hensley said the men searched the home for money, but nothing was taken. The woman was able to free herself after the robbers left, and she contacted 911. She was not harmed in the incident.
At the time of the incident, Hensley said the attempted robbery did not appear to be a random, as the robbers awaited the arrival of the residents and planned the act.
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