Suspects Arrested For Burglary, Robbery, and a List of Other Charges
On July 25th, a tip led to the capture of one individual committing a burglary on a residence in the Hinton Community. Following a tip from a citizen, Sheriff Donnie Craig located a U-Haul truck parked near an unoccupied residence and requested the aid of additional deputies to determine the reason for the truck being in the area.
While awaiting backup, one individual fled into the wooded area behind the residence. A second individual was located near the scene after a brief search. It was found that the individuals had broken a lock on the residence and they were removing items to load into the truck. Also in the truck were stolen items from multiple other areas as well. Some were linked to cases in Walker and Catoosa Counties.
During the investigation, it was determined that Jason Lamar Wright (age 37) was the individual in custody and Robert Eric Ownbey (age 44) was the individual that fled into the woods. Detectives quickly began the work of identifying information about Ownbey and gathering details about the items that had been recovered during the burglary.
While the investigation was in progress, a report of a motorhome being stolen from a nearby residence was received. Deputies and Detectives began an immediate search of the area to attempt to locate the stolen motorhome.
The following date, July 26th, a 911 call was received from the original burglary location from a family member of the victim. The family reported that they came to the residence to change the locks on the home that was broken into on the previous date. Once in the residence, the male victim was grabbed by a white male matching the description of Ownbey. The suspect then held a knife to the individual and ordered him to a closet. Seeing a chance to escape, the gentleman ran from the residence to where his wife was located outside. The suspect then fled on foot into the woods.
Deputies and detectives quickly responded to the residence and began to search for the individual when a call came in stating that a 4-wheeler had just been stolen nearby. Sheriff Craig and multiple deputies responded to the area. When they arrived and searched, they heard a 4-wheeler in the wooded area; it sounded like it was stuck. Craig and the deputies then went into the woods and located Robert Eric Ownbey trying to get the 4-wheeler out of a creek. Ownbey was taken into custody without incident.
Robert Ownbey has now been charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary, Battery, Criminal Trespass, Giving False Name to Police and has additional charges pending the completion of the investigation.
Deputies and Detectives are still working to locate the missing RV. It is believed that it could still be in the area and parked in a wooded area. It is also possible that a third individual assisted with the removal of the vehicle from the area, but no additional evidence has been found to support this. Anyone that has seen the Motorhome (in the attached photograph) is urged to please contact detectives at 706-253-8935.
The case is still actively under investigation and more details may become available later.