Final suspect arrested in 2009 robbery case

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a sixth man this past Friday in connection with a robbery case in 2009, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Robert L. Carter, 18, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and armed criminal action, the release stated. Carter was the final suspect arrested in connection with the 2009 robbery.

On May 4, 2009, officers were called to 3700 Bent Oak Drive for a robbery in progress, the release stated. The owner of the home was a 64-year-old man who was in a motorized wheelchair.

The man said four suspects, two of whom had shotguns, entered his home through an unlocked door and stole electronics, money, jewelry and his vehicle, according to a previous Missourian report.

During the home invasion, one of the suspects struck the man in the face with the butt of a shotgun, according to the release.

The man's vehicle, a 2004 Saturn Vue, was later found abandoned in northeast Columbia and led to the arrests of two other suspects by the K-9 unit, the release stated.

The other suspects arrested in connection with the case were Sharbee Jones, Devin Jackson and Austin Hammers, all on charges of first-degree robbery. Avery Nelson and Wesley Nelson were also arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, according to the release.

Carter is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $100,000 bond, said Keith Hoskins, captain of the Sheriff's Department.

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