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March 16, 2014

Woman arrested for home invasion

A woman officials say is connected to a home invasion that happened in north Murray County earlier this month was arrested Saturday night, according to Chief Deputy Greg Fowler.

Marlena Diane Harkless, 37, 867 Cotton Circle, Chatsworth, is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, burglary in the first degree and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

Fowler confirmed she was one of the people wanted in connection with the home invasion from the early morning hours of Friday, March 7, off Norton Bridge Road, but he did not immediately know details of Harkless’ arrest on Sunday.

According to an incident report from the jail, at 4:22 a.m. on March 7 officers “were dispatched to 194 Deer Park Drive in reference to a home invasion in progress involving two men with firearms.”

Three people were in the home being held at gunpoint by two people in masks, the report states. A female being held captive had escaped the residence and went to a neighbor’s home to call 911, it states.

“According to the caller she could see the individuals moving throughout the house with flashlights as though they were searching for specific items,” the report states.

As officers approached the home, they were told the suspects had run into woods behind the residence. Because of the thicket, officers chased the suspects “laterally with the wooded area,” it states.

A gun was fired by one of the suspects, which the report states sounded like a low-caliber gun.

At daylight, officers searched the wooded area and recovered a holster, a boot, two pairs of gloves, a toboggan and a flashlight, which was assumed to have been left behind by the suspects, the report states.

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