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Robbery suspects, victim arrested
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What began as an armed robbery investigation in Alexandria not only led to the arrest of the robbery suspects, but also the victim and another occupant of the home on Aug. 1.The Alexandria police department arrested three people in connection with the armed robbery, then arrested the robbery victim when drugs were found in the home, and another occupant who had outstanding warrants.Michael Ray Slaughter, 24, of Clarksville, was charged with aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000 and evading Arrest; 25-year-old Dustin Shane Puckett of Watertown was charged with aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000; and 26-year-old Joseph Clark Hindelang of Lebanon was charged with aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000, possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) for resale, and a seventh offense of driving on a suspended license.The suspects' vehicle was also seized as a result of the investigation.Meanwhile, 41-year-old Angela Dawn Engelhardt, the owner of the home, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, while another woman living at the residence, 30-year-old Angela Bartels, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Wilson County.Engelhardt was not at home at the time of the incident but was arrested later Wednesday night.All will appear in court on Aug.16.Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins said his department responded to a reported armed robbery on Measles Lane, where Sergeant Chris Russell was informed by witnesses that the suspects had fled into a wooded area near the home.Russell said he saw a man running out of the woods, and a short foot chase ensued.The suspect, later identified as Slaughter, was taken into custody.Shortly thereafter, witnesses spotted a vehicle involved in the robbery on High Street and contacted police, who responded and took the driver, Hindelang, into custody.Puckett was spotted later seen running out of the woods on Brush Creek Highway by witnesses and taken into custody as well.Collins said that two suspects entered the home on Measles Lane displaying handguns and forced the occupants, an woman and two children, to sit and remain quiet while they went through the home, taking several items including electronics, jewelry, personal items, and narcotics.The chief said the suspects then fled the scene.Officers reportedly recovered items taken from the home during a search of the area.The investigation allegedly revealed approximately 42 grams of marijuana in the vehicle along with other items believed to be stolen from another location.Chief Collins would like to commend the actions of the observant citizens for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects and the assistance from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.