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9 charged in Culpeper home invasions

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Eight Culpeper County residents have been charged in connection with two home invasions police allege were committed by Horace T. Owens Jr., who was mistakenly released from the Fauquier jail June 15.

In addition to the 33-year-old Owens, Anastasia Huss, 22, Nicole D. Washington, 29, Jean A. Sowers, 64, Benjamin L. Sowers, 36, and Geralene B. Taylor, 34, were arrested on charges stemming from a home invasion June 27 on Shaderock Lane.

According to Culpeper Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Angela Deavers, Owens, Huss, Washington and Taylor face felony robbery charges, and Jean Sowers and her son, Benjamin, face felony conspiracy to commit robbery charges for allegedly helping plan the caper.

Deavers said two women, believed to be Huss and Taylor, used a ruse to enter the victim’s home and then let Owens and Washington inside. The two men are accused of assaulting and robbing the homeowner of cash, leaving him with minor facial cuts.

Charles M. Brown, 18, Elizabeth M. Harris, 37, and Chancellor K. Tuel, 19, all of Culpeper, are charged with being accessories after the fact in connection with a July 7 home invasion on Old Still House Road. Three residents were assaulted in that case.

Owens was arrested July 18 in Richmond more than a month after being mistakenly released on bond from the Fauquier jail

He had been arrested May 6 in Stafford County and wound up in the Rappahannock–Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal with bail denied in other counties where he was facing charges.

He was transferred to the Fauquier jail June 10 for a hearing on still other charges in that jurisdiction. There, apparently unaware of his no-bail status in the other counties, a judge granted Owens a $10,000 bond, which he made.

Owens is now being held without bond. In addition to the Culpeper charges, he also faces charges in Fauquier, Fairfax, Stafford and Warren counties.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

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