COLUMBIA — Police arrested three men and two women Monday on suspicion of home invasion and robbery, the Columbia Police Department said.
Five men were watching TV when three men and one woman entered the house, one of the victims told police. One of the men was wielding a baseball bat, while another had a black handgun.
Upon entering the home, the robbers demanded wallets from each of the men. Four of the men cooperated, but the fifth resisted. The individual with the handgun grabbed the uncooperative man, tearing his coat and forcing him to surrender his wallet.
Officers responded to the burglary call at 11:30 p.m. Friday at 1202 N. Eighth St. Investigating officers got an account of what happened and a description of the robbers from the victims, according to police department news release.
Police arrested Manuel D.J. Garcia-Lopez, 23; Kimberly L. Cook, 19; Justina Valente-Chula, 26; Hans A. Killebrew, 32; and Michael A. Toole, 19. All of them were charged with armed criminal action and first-degree robbery.