Four more charged in Unicoi home invasion

Tony Casey • Dec 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

ERWIN — The Unicoi Sheriff’s Department Office arrested four more people Friday in connection with a recent home invasion in Unicoi and the burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, bringing the total to six.

A news release from Unicoi Sheriff Mike Hensley said 18-year-old Calvin Sams, 205 Buffalo Mountain Lane, 28-year-old Kevin Craig, of 194 Bob Hayes Road, Jonesborough, Jameson Foster, 28, of 240 Sciota Woods Court, Unicoi, and 19-year-old Tyler Salyers, 3517 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the crimes.

Corey William Livesay, 19, 3035 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, and Anthony James Davis, 25, 1235 Little Warrensburg Road, Midway, were arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft in the home invasion of the Vance residence on Pleasant Hill Drive in Unicoi.

The two reportedly approached Wanda Vance in ski masks, following her arrival at her home. Livesay and Davis forced her into her home, where they taped her to a chair and threatening to kill her husband if she didn’t share the combination to the safe in the residence. The men fled the home after being told Wanda Vance did not have the combination.

A related incident occurred at Wanda and Larry Vance’s restaurant, Maple Grove Restaurant, three weeks prior to the invasion of their home.

Hensley said Foster and Salyers aided in the home invasion as lookouts. Foster also alerted Livesay and Davis that Vance had left the restaurant on the night of the home invasion so they could approach her as she arrived. As the men tried to extract the combination from Wanda Vance, Foster kept an eye on Jerry Vance, even speaking with him while he stayed after at work. Salyer watched the wooded area surrounding the Vances’ residence.

After Livesay and Davis fled the property on foot, Foster picked up all involved and brought them to a predetermined location.

Sams and Craig are both charged with burglary and theft over $1,000. Foster is charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 for his part in the restaurant burglary, and aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault and theft of less than $500 for his involvement in the Vance residence home invasion.

Salyers is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault and theft less than $500 for his part in the Vance home invasion.

In a previous interview with Hensley on the initial arrests of Livesay and Davis, he was confident in these suspects. Livesay was taken into custody on an unrelated matter, and upon interviewing him, officers pieced the story together.

“There’s no question these guys had this planned,” Hensley said. “They went in 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.”

He said Livesay had information only someone involved would have known.

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