ERWIN — Five of the six men allegedly involved in either the December invasion of a Unicoi home or the October burglary of a Unicoi restaurant, or both cases, were indicted by a Unicoi County grand jury on Tuesday.
Anthony James Davis and Jamison M. Foster were indicted on the charges of burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000 for their alleged roles in the Oct. 17 burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, and each man was also charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault for allegedly taking part in the home invasion that occurred nearly two months later.
Also charged for their alleged participation in the home invasion were Cory Livesay and Tyler Eugene Salyers, who were each indicted on aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and assault charges.
The grand jury charged Calvin Sams with burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000 for allegedly taking part in the October restaurant burglary.
According to officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department, at around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, a woman reported that when she returned to her Pleasant Hill Drive home, two men wearing ski masks approached her and forced her into her home, where they used duct tap to restrain her to a chair.
Police said the victim reported the men demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill her husband upon his return to the house if she did not provide it. After the victim told the men she did not have the combination and could not open the safe, the two men fled the home, according to officials.
On Dec. 18, Livesay and Davis - who later identified by police as the men who restrained the victim during the home invasion - were arrested and, on Dec. 20, Sams, Foster, Salyers and Kevin Craig were taken into custody.
UCSD Chief Investigator Ronnie Adkins testified at a January preliminary hearing that Livesay, after being picked up on a violation of probation charge, admitted his involvement in the home invasion and told officials that he and Davis waited on the victim, Wanda Vance, to return to her residence. Adkins also testified that Davis told police Foster gave him and Livesay a ride to the scene while Salyers served as a "lookout man" for law enforcement.
At that hearing, Adkins said Davis also provided information on the October burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, which is owned by Vance and her husband. Davis told officials that he lowered Sams through the roof of the business to gain entry and that Foster and Craig were waiting nearby as the burglary was committed, according to Adkins' testimony.
The five men indicted Tuesday are scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Criminal Court for arraignment on April 28. Craig, who was charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 following his December arrest, is set to appear in Unicoi County General Sessions Court this Thursday.comments powered by Disqus