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2 arrested in Union Parish home invasions

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Kurt Christopher Wiley Kurt Christopher Wiley
Boone Richardson Brantley Jr. Boone Richardson Brantley Jr.

FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Union Parish sheriff's investigators have made two arrests in the Jan. 12 armed robbery and home invasion of an elderly man in the Rocky Branch community.

Kurt Christopher Wiley, 21, of 772 DeLoutre Switch Rd., Farmerville, and Boone Richardson Brantley Jr., 21, of 1418 Hwy. 143, Farmerville, are being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on bonds of $336,000 for Wiley and $320,000 for Brantley.

They were booked for armed robbery with a gun, home invasion with a weapon, false imprisonment, unauthorized use of a movable and criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said Brantley was arrested Monday without incident and that Wiley was arrested Tuesday morning at the detention center where he was being held on previous charges including probation violation.

Gates said that good detective work revealed that the two suspects had planned the robbery the night of Jan. 11 and that Brantley had dropped Wiley off the victim's residence in Rocky Branch the next morning.

The sheriff said Wiley, who was masked, approached the victim outside his house and robbed him of cash in his pocket and then forced the 75-year-old man inside his house where other money was taken along with a small safe. The suspect tied and gagged the man before leaving in the victim's car.

The victim was able to untie himself and call UPSO. Deputies located the stolen car at the Point Bridge near Rocky Branch. Evidence at the scene showed that the suspect had gotten into another vehicle.

The next day after the robbery, Wiley turned surrendered himself on the previous charges at the detention center. Investigators said some of the money taken during the robbery was to be used by Wiley during his incarceration on the other charges pending against him. The other charges included no driver's license, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and disturbing the peace.

Gates said the .32-caliber pistol used in the robbery was found off Turkey Creek Road near Marion.

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