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Three charged after pills taken in home invasion



Police say prescription narcotics were stolen from an apartment in Goose Creek Monday evening after two men armed with knives forced entry into the dwelling.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said a resident of the Mountain Pride Apartments told police she was injured during the home invasion when one of the men pushed her while he had a knife in his hand.

Damron said Homer J. Smallwood, 33, of Pikeville, and Cliff ord J. Caudill, 30, of Jenkins, fled from Mountain Breeze Apartments after a resident dialed 911. Smallwood and Caudill got in a blue Grand Marquis, in which Donald R. McElroy, 65, of 29 Brick Street, Jenkins, was in the driver’s seat.

Damron, who was in Neon when Kentucky State Police notified him of the vehicle description, attempted to stop the car as McElroy was traveling on Highway 343 towards McRoberts. He said the passenger side rear door came open while the vehicle was still moving and Smallwood jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

Damron chased Smallwood near the old Fleming-Neon High School football field and deployed a Taser, which was ineff ective. Smallwood ran into a creek where Damron was able to tackle him. Smallwood, who was still armed with a knife, tried to get escape several times while Damron attempted to handcuff him.

Sgt. Jason Bates of the sheriff ’s department handcuff ed Smallwood, who was taken to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital where he was treated for injuries he received in the chase.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a pink tablet identified as Hydrocodone, a Schedule III narcotic. Damron said Hydrocodone and Zanaflex, a muscle relaxer used to treat multiple sclerosis, were stolen from the apartment.

Smallwood was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

A extradition warrant from Hardin County has been issued for Smallwood on a flagrant child non-support charge.

McElroy and Caudill were both charged with possession of a controlled substance, complicity to first-degree burglary and complicity to first-degree robbery.

The three men remain in the Letcher County Jail, and bond is set at $10,000 cash each.

Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus, Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens and Bates assisted in the case. Damron has charge of the investigation.


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