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POLICE: St. Matthews robbery suspect escapes from cop car; leads police on chase

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

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- St. Matthews Police say they have arrested the last two suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Louisville's east end, but not before one of those suspects escaped from a police cruiser and led officers on a lengthy chase.

Both 23-year-old Joshua R. Effler and 26-year-old Darien Keith were taken into custody Tuesday evening. Both men were wanted for robbery.

Effler did not go easily, according to police. Police say he was put inside a marked Louisville Metro Police cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back, but he was able to escape from the back passenger window and run away. 

According to the arrest report, he ran to the area of the Cedar Springs Shopping Center on Bardstown Road, near Seatonville Road. The Louisville Metro Police K9 and Air Unit got involved in the pursuit. He was eventually caught in the 9200 block of Artis Way, near Beulah Church Road -- and suffered a cut on his hand during the chase.

He was arrested and charged with second degree escape in connection with that incident.

He was also arrested on a warrant for first degree robbery, first degree unlawful imprisonment and first degree burglary, as was Keith, who was arrested at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say that both Effler and Keith -- along with 25-year-old Brandon L. Powell and 34-year-old Heather Metts, who are already in custody -- were involved in a robbery that took place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. 

Police say 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, Sept. 22, at the corner of 29th Street and Lytle Street.

Powell was arrested Monday, Sept. 26, in Shelbyville.

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), and callers can remain anonymous. 

Heather Metts mother, Terri, spoke with WDRB earlier this month. She reacted to the police report detailing the case. 

 "I can't 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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