Suspect in St. Matthews home invasion pleads not guilty - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Suspect in St. Matthews home invasion pleads not guilty

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Brandon Powell Brandon Powell
Joshua R. Effler Joshua R. Effler
Darien M. Keith Darien M. Keith
Heather Metts Heather Metts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man accused of taking part in a home invasion in St. Matthews pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Police arrested 25-year-old Brandon Powell Monday night, but officers are still looking for two other suspects: Joshua Effler and Darien Keith.

Investigators say, earlier this month, Heather Metts let the men into a condo she was hired to clean after the victim answered an ad. 

Police say 34-year-old Heather Metts had been advertising a home cleaning business on Craigslist -- when the victim 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.

Once inside, the three men reportedly tied the victim up and robbed him.

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

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