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Fourth invasion suspect arrested

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christopher Charles Craft
As the investigation continues into the home invasion in northwestern Clay County on Jan. 14, Indiana State Police officials announced Friday a fourth person was arrested in the case and additional charges could be filed against those allegedly involved.

According to information provided by ISP, Christopher Charles Craft, 19, Rosedale, was arrested and charged with a class D felony receiving or possessing stolen property charge. Craft is currently being held at the Clay County Justice Center with a $7,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed.

According to officials, around 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, an unidentified couple and their 10-month-old son were the victims of a home invasion by three unidentified men. An unknown male suspect knocked on the front door of a home 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 first male suspect was allowed to use a cell phone, two other unknown males entered the home and attacked the male tenant with a blunt object while the third male confined the female and child in another room by allegedly displaying a handgun.

The three 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 was treated for head lacerations sustained during the beating and later released from St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Early Thursday morning, after the victims were able to identify one of their attackers from a photo line-up, officers of the ISP, 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 two residences, one at 801 Vandalia St., Brazil, and Rural Route No. 4 Box 820, Bloomfield, Ind.

Officials confirmed lab technicians were processing items collected at each residence, which matched items reportedly stolen during the home invasion, and the impounded vehicle allegedly used in the attack for further potential evidence.

Three suspects -- two Brazil residents, Joshua L. Orman, 23, Brazil, and James Levi Orman (cousin of Joshua), and Lindsey J. Beaman, 19, from Bloomfield, Ind., -- were arrested for their alleged involvement in the Clay County case Thursday.

Initially Joshua and James Orman were both preliminarily charged with class A felony burglary, class B felony aggravated battery and a class A felony robbery, while Beaman was preliminarily charged with one class D felony false reporting.

However, according to charging information made available by the Clay County Justice Center Friday, Beaman's booking information was amended to include an additional charge of obstruction of justice.

If convicted of a class A felony, the highest charge filed against both Joshua and James Orman at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 20-50 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Beaman at this time, is punishable with up to six-months-3 years in prison and up to potential $10,000 in fines.

Although further details are not available due to the active investigation, ISP officials confirmed to The Brazil Times additional charges could develop and be filed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office against the suspects.

Detectives are also sharing information with the Vigo County Sheriff's Department in relation to another home invasion, which also took place Wednesday in eastern Vigo County at a residence located at 578 N. Sharon St., Terre Haute.

According to official reports, an elderly lady was "roughed up" while being held at gunpoint as robbers took several electronic items from her home.

To provide information regarding the Clay County case, contact ISP Det. Sam Stearley at 812-299-1153. To provide information regarding the Vigo County case, contact the Vigo County Sheriff's Department at 812-462-3226.

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I thought I saw in one of these articles (may have been the Tribune or on TV) that the victim in Vigo County was 50 years old? Wow if 50 is elderly, than I just got really depressed. In any case, I hope that she was not seriously hurt and that she will not be too traumatized by this experience. Hopefully all of the victims will sleep better tonight knowing these 4 are off the streets.

-- Posted by opininated on Fri, Jan 16, 2009, at 8:43 PM

-- Posted by opininated on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 7:06 AM

Wow, Chris Craft is back in jail again....no surprise to me or to anyone who knows him. He is dangerous and has mental issues. Please, get the kid some real help this time or keep him in jail.

Our community is better off without the likes of him or his gang of 'friends'.

-- Posted by brazil4now on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 9:34 AM

From what I understand they roughed up the victim in Vigo County pretty bad. Let the punishment fit the crime.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Jan 19, 2009, at 11:34 AM

This is insane! I just can't believe that people can just so easily put another person's life in danger for such a stupid reason. These are people that I have grown up knowing since Middle School...some I have even hung out with on an occassion because of another friend. It just freaks me out to think that I can't feel safe at night in my own home, because

"Little HoodRats" want to be disrespectful and steal other peoples belongings that they worked for ....just because they want to!!!!! How many times in jail will it take for these "G-Units" to realize that the life they're living is wrong???

-- Posted by Greysweater09 on Mon, Jan 19, 2009, at 1:57 PM

Pinky I believe that people make mistakes also but how many times should we forgive them? He's had alot of 2nd chances. As for what more do I want? I want justice for what he and the others did to my family and possibly others. They will never feel safe in their own homes. I find it hard to believe that someone who isn't a horrible person could terrorize people. And for what? Surely they knew they weren't going to get rich off of these crimes. It leads one to believe that they were doing this for the thrill of it which is horrific. I pray for peace for all of the victims of these men.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 9:00 AM

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