Arrests made in connection with a Thursday morning robbery and assault led to the discovery of drugs and stolen property in western Boyle County.
Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott was still on the scene with multiple other law enforcement agencies about 9 p.m. Thursday as authorities executed a search warrant at the home of Dewayne Hogue, 48, of Phillips Spur outside Junction City.
Elliott said he and deputies arrested Hogue and Michael Belcher, 37, of Phillips Lane after a third man, Michael Floyd, reported the two men robbed and assaulted him early Thursday morning. Floyd said the men took about $500 from him after the attack at Hogue’s home at the end of Phillips Spur.
According to the sheriff, Hogue had about 50 prescription pills with him when deputies arrested him and Belcher at Hogue’s residence. The pills and an ongoing investigation into drug activity at the house led to a warrant, which was served late Thursday with assistance from Boyle Constable Buck Sawyer and Kentucky State Police from both the Richmond and Columbia posts.
Police found what are believed to be stolen handguns and other firearms, including an SKS rifle. A Harley Davidson motorcycle found at the scene with the vehicle identification number concealed by a metal plate is also believed to be stolen.
Elliott said State police and sheriff's deputies found enough evidence to obtain another search warrant for Belcher's home on Phillips Lane. Authorities found a handgun at Belcher's residence reported stolen earlier this year from a home in Madison County.
Police also recovered another handgun from one of Hogue's relative's, who said Hogue had given them the gun to keep without explanation.
Both men face one count of first degree robbery, but other other charges are pending.
Elliott said Hogue will be charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Belcher will likely be charged with receiving stolen property and drug trafficking.
Police apparently have had their eye on the home in a remote area near the Casey County line for some time. Elliott said there has been a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking there in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations unit of the state police.
Both Hogue and Belcher are being held at the Boyle County Detention Center without bond pending their first court appearance.