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Police arrest one of three suspects wanted for St. Matthews robbery

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Brandon Powell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Brandon Powell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Joshua R. Effler Joshua R. Effler
Darien M. Keith Darien M. Keith
Heather Metts Heather Metts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of three wanted robbery suspects sought by St. Matthews Police has been arrested.

According to an arrest report, police arrested 25-year-old Brandon L. Powell Monday night in Shelbyville.

St. Matthews Police had been looking for Powell -- as well as Joshua R. Effler and Darien M. Keith -- in connection with a crime that took place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. 

Police say 34-year-old Heather Metts had been advertising a home cleaning business on Craigslist -- when the owner of a condominium exchanged text messages with her and hired her to clean his home.

When she arrived, police say Metts "began acting like" she was cleaning, but after about five minutes, she told the homeowner that she would need to run out to give her mother some money.

When she opened the door, police say Effler, Keith and Powell -- one of whom was armed with a handgun -- rushed into the home. At that point, Metts and the three men allegedly began yelling at the homeowner, demanding that he give them his money. Police say they tied him to a chair, securing his hands behind his back with a belt, placing a sock in his mouth and a belt around his head.

They then began ransacking his home, according to the arrest warrant, taking a bottle of bourbon, cash and savings bonds.

Before they left, they allegedly forced the man to go in the bathroom and get in the bathtub. The suspects then asked the victim if he wanted to be shot, before they took his cell phone and ran away.

The victim suffered a bruise to his shoulder.

Police say the suspects were captured on surveillance video outside the condominium complex.

The victim was later able to identify Metts through a photo, police say. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Tuesday, Sept. 20. She was arrested on Thursday evening at the corner of 29th Street and Lytle Street.

Both Metts and Powell are charged with first degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment. Powell is also charged with burglary. 

If you have any information about the case  you are asked to call St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000. You can also try the "Police Tip Line" at 498-CLUE (2583), callers can remain anonymous. 

Heather Metts mother, Terri, spoke with WDRB Friday evening. She reacted to the police report detailing the case. 

 "I cant believe they would go into somebody's house and put him in the bathtub like that," she said. "And my daughter did that?"

Heather's mom went on to say that her daughter started using drugs, mainly pain pills, ten years ago. She believes her daughter still has a chance to overcome her demons. Terri sent this message to Heather behind bars. 

"I would tell her I love her and for her to get her act together and that she should of turned herself in a while back."

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