The pieces of evidence collected by officials during an extensive 35-hour investigation into a rural Clay County home invasion early Wednesday morning fell into place when the victims were able to identify one of their attackers from a photo line-up.
"Using an array of photos taken from recent jail bookings at the Clay County Justice Center as a line-up, the victims were able to identify one of the suspects," Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Joseph Watts told The Brazil Times. "Once that happened, from that point on things just fell into place. This is one of those cases where the victims had a good identification of the suspect and all the agencies were working together to solve it."
Officials were able to request the Clay County Prosecutor's Office to obtain a search warrant from Clay County Superior Court for two residences, one in Brazil and the other in Bloomfield, Ind.
Early Thursday morning, officers of the ISP, along with members of the Clay County and Vigo County Sheriff's departments, the United States Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force and the ISP Bloomington Post, served search warrants for residences at 801 Vandalia St., Brazil, and Rural Route No.4 Box 820, Bloomfield, Ind.
Officials confirmed the vehicle used in the alleged attack was also recovered and was being processed by technicians for further potential evidence.
After investigating the case for more than 35 hours, three suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in the Clay County case, including:
* Joshua L. Orman, 23, Brazil, preliminarily charged with class A felony burglary, class B felony aggravated battery and a class A felony robbery,
* James Levi Orman (cousin of Joshua), 18, Brazil, preliminarily charged with class A felony burglary, class B felony aggravated battery and a class A felony robbery, and
* Lindsey J. Beaman, 19, Bloomfield, Ind., preliminarily charged with one class D felony false reporting.
"We're still looking for a fourth suspect, but we are anticipating an arrest to be made in the near future," Watts said. "We take these cases seriously. Anytime someone invades a home with guns and beats the homeowner before stealing items, needless to say, that case jumps to the forefront."
The serious nature of the case motivated law enforcement officers to work quickly.
According to officials, around 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, an unknown male knocked on the front door of the home of an unidentified couple and their 10-month-old son at 8843 N. County Road 500 West to request the use of "jumper cables" for his stranded auto or the telephone to call for help.
When the male tenant let the man use a cell phone, two other unknown males entered the home and attacked the male tenant with a blunt object while a third male confined the female and child in another room by allegedly displaying handguns.
The suspects removed several electronic items and went through the contents of the female victim's purse before leaving the home in a dark colored 4-door vehicle.
Although the female tenant and child were not injured during the incident, the male tenant sustained head lacerations during the beating. He was treated and later released from St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Although the Vigo County Sheriff's Department is investigating another similar home invasion case that also occurred Wednesday, Watts confirmed the department was using the information gathered during the Clay County investigation and there is the potential for charges to be filed in Vigo County Court.
"After realizing how quickly this case was solved," Watts said. "the residents of Clay County should be proud and sleep better tonight knowing they have these police officers working to make their community safer."
To report information concerning the Vigo County Sheriff's Department investigation, call 812-462-3226. To report information about the Clay County investigation, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535, or Indiana State Police at 800-742-0717.