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Break-in, gunshots lead to two arrests
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TRINITY — Two Trinity men were arrested last week on felony charges following a reported break-in and shooting incident on Friday, May 17. Barabbas Baker, 31, and Joshua Carver, 31, were both taken into custody on Tuesday, May 21 on warrants charging them with burglary of a habitation. Additional charges were pending. According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, the incident began when two men broke into a home, allegedly with the intention of stealing some marijuana. Jones said the two suspects told investigators they had gone to the home to purchase marijuana but when they found the owner was away, decided to break-in and steal it. "What they didn't know was that the owner of the home's sister was in the house and she walked in on them after they broke in," Jones said. The woman told police that when she encountered the two burglars, both were carrying handguns. "She ran out of the house and called police," Jones said. The two suspects also reportedly fled after the confrontation without taking anything. Jones said about an hour later, the woman and her brother were at the residence when she spotted the two burglars driving by and notified her brother. The man got in his vehicle and attempted to follow the pair but during the pursuit, one of the suspects is alleged to have fired four or five shots at him with a handgun. While several witnesses reported hearing the shots, none of the bullets stuck the pursuing vehicle or any residence in the area. A short time after the shooting was reported, Jones said officers Larry Barak and Travis Bryan located the suspect's car parked in a driveway of a Church Street residence. One if the suspects, Carver, was standing by the vehicle and when questioned by police, claimed he was there to visit friends. "However, the folks who lived at that residence told the officers they didn't know the man," Jones said. During the questioning, Barak spotted a handgun laying beside some bushes where the car was parked. While the firearm was confiscated, the suspect was allowed to leave while the investigation continued. Carver was interviewed again the following day and officers continued to gather information. A second handgun, the one believed to have been used to fire the shots on May 17, was later recovered from a person who purchased it from one of the suspects after the shooting. It was determined that that firearm had been reported as stolen in Trinity last year. Arrest warrants for Carver and Baker were issued last week charging them burglary of a habitation while committing a felony. Jones noted the charges against the two were elevated to first-degree felonies because both are alleged to have committed the burglary while in possession of handguns "Both men are convicted felons and they are barred by law from possessing firearms," Jones said. AC units recovered In other police activity last week, officers recovered three stolen air conditioners shortly after they were reported stolen Friday. Evelyn Corley, 39, and James Taylor, 53, were charged with theft in connection with the theft. Additional charges were pending against Corley, who is alleged to have bitten police dispatcher Courtney Schumacher while being held in the Trinity City Jail. Schumacher did not require medical treatment following the incident. Jones said the two suspects lived in a rental house owned by Charles Ainsworth. The air conditioning units were taken from a neighboring home, also owned by Ainsworth. "Fortunately, Mr. Ainsworth wrote his name on the air conditioners and that really helped us identify them and recover them," said Barak, who lead the investigation. Barak said several resale shops in Trinity were contacted about purchasing the three AC units and police were able to recover them at one of them. "They had tried to scrape Mr. Ainsworth's name off the units but didn't do a very good job. I could still read his name on one of them," Barak said.