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UPDATE: Jonesborough man tells deputies he was robbed by four, one of them armed

March 24th, 2014 2:49 pm by Staff Report

UPDATE: Jonesborough man tells deputies he was robbed by four, one of them armed

Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested these four in connection to an alleged home invasion and robbery in Jonesborough Saturday.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four people this weekend after a Jonesborough man said they broke into his house and robbed him while brandishing a gun.

On Saturday morning, deputies arrested two Gray men - Ryan Gaitor, 19, 102 Lakeview Lane, and Zach Rafaloski, 18, 141 Hillrise Lane - and two Jonesborough residents - Katie Smith, 22, and Sam Smith, 19, both of 907 Antioch Road, No. 26 - after responding to a burglary call at 737 Hartmantown Road.

According to the WCSO arrest report, deputies arrived at the house at around 12:45 Saturday morning, whereupon the resident, Dustin Laughrun, said his house had been robbed by an acquaintance, Sam Smith, and three others after they forced their way into the house.

Deputies said Laughrun told them Sam Smith entered the house while brandishing a gun and slapped him in the face, which started a fight between the two men. Laughrun told deputies Sam Smith then started asking him where he kept his money. During this time, deputies said Laughrun told them Katie Smith opened a closet - breaking the doorknob in the process - and took a Louis Vuitton wallet, watches, and a pair of Rayban sunglasses.

While Katie Smith searched the closet, Laughrun said, Rafalowski and Gaitor rummaged through his bedroom. Laughrun told deputies he saw Rafalowski take approximately $400 in cash and a Garmin GPS device.

In addition to the aforementioned property, Laughrun told deputies the four also stole nine baseball caps, then left the scene in a black SUV.

Deputies said they saw what appeared to be fresh damage on the closet door, and that two witnesses - who will not be identified - corroborated Laughrun’s story. Deputies then sent a description of the vehicle out to their patrol units, and a vehicle reportedly matching that description - a black Suzuki Sidekick - was pulled over on Kinchloe Mill Road, almost three miles from Hartmantown Road. Inside the SUV were four people who matched Laughrun’s description of the alleged burglars. Deputies said they then brought Laughrun to the traffic stop, whereupon he identified the vehicles’ four occupants as the ones who allegedly robbed him.

After the SUV was searched, deputies found a Louis Vuitton wallet, Garmin GPS device and nine baseball caps. Deputies did not, however, find the $400 or any firearm in the vehicle.

Sam Smith, Katie Smith, Rafaloski, and Gaitor were each charged with aggravated burglary. They were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each held on $20,000 bonds. They were arraigned on Monday in Sessions Court.

REPORTED EARLIER:

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four people this weekend after a Jonesborough man said they broke into his house and robbed him.

On Saturday morning, deputies arrested two Gray men - Ryan Gaitor, 19, 102 Lakeview Lane, and Zach Rafaloski, 18, 141 Hillrise Lane - and two Jonesborough residents - Katie Smith, 22, and Sam Smith, 19, both of 907 Antioch Road, No. 26 - after responding to a burglary call at 737 Hartmantown Road.

Deputies said the resident, who was not identified, told them that the four broke in his front door and had an “altercation” with him. After the altercation, deputies said, the four began taking items from the house and ran to the car.

The resident told deputies he knew the alleged burglars, however, and gave them their names as well as a description of the vehicle in which they left. While responding to the call, other deputies saw a vehicle matching that description and pulled it over. Those deputies said that the four people the resident identified were inside.

All four individuals were charged with aggravated burglary, and each was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each held on $20,000 bonds. They will appear in Sessions Court today to face their charges.

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