3 arrested in home invasion, robbery

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) Police in Warsaw arrested three people who officers believe broke into a home on the city’s east side Monday.

Daricus Phillips
Daricus Phillips

Police were called around 9:20 a.m. Monday to a home along Oak Brooke Place on Warsaw’s east side on a report of a home invasion. The homeowner told police that her neighbor and another man forced their way into the home and asked where her nephew and “the money” was.

The homeowner said her neighbor – 20-year-old Daricus Phillips – had first home to the home and asked for her nephew. The woman said she told Phillips her nephew was not there, and he left.

A few minutes later, the woman told police Phillips returned with another man who had his face covered with a red bandana and forced their way into the home, according to a Warsaw Police report. Inside, the pair asked the woman where the nephew was and where “the money” was, the report said.

The woman reportedly told the men there was no money. At that point, the masked man hit the woman in the face with a crowbar wrapped in a towel, the report said. After an argument, the woman’s husband woke up and confronted the intruders, and police said he, too, was hit in the face.

Jwain Sullivan
Jwain Sullivan

Police said the men ultimately ran off with a PlayStation 4, a cell phone, cash and some marijuana, the report said. The homeowners then called police.

The homeowners suffered pain from the strikes but did not require medical treatment, police said.

Officers searched the area and found Phillips and his girlfriend – 18-year-old Taylor Brandon – at a nearby gas station. The couple was taken into custody there.

Police said they found conversations on a cell phone between the homeowner’s nephew and the suspects about drug activity. At that point, police said Phillips admitted he and 22-year-old Jwain Sullivan committed the robbery “because of drugs and money,” police said.

Taylor Brandon
Taylor Brandon

Police found the stolen marijuana on Phillips, and Sullivan was arrested after a traffic stop near Winona Lake, police said.

At Sullivan’s East Sandy Drive home, police found the other stolen items, along with drug paraphernalia, the report said.

Phillips was arrested on a charge of Robbery with a deadly weapon or bodily injury, a level 3 felony. He was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear.

Sullivan was arrested on charges of Robbery with a deadly weapon or bodily injury, a level 3 felony; Residential entry, a level 6 felony; and misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Brandon, of Mentone, was arrested on charges of: Robbery with a deadly weapon or bodily injury and Aiding/inducing or causing a felony.