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Floyd County

December 6, 2012

Two arrested for assault, criminal confinement

Man, woman said they were assaulted in home on Oak Street

NEW ALBANY — Two men are in jail and face numerous charges following an incident in the 1500 block of Oak Street in New Albany last week.

Anthony R. Bell, 23, and Robert A. Brooks, 30, both of 1430 Chartres St., New Albany, are accused of assaulting a 51-year-old woman and 67-year-old man Dec. 1. The victims told police they were confined to the residence overnight and continually assaulted, according to a press release from Maj. Keith Whitlow of the NAPD.

The woman said she was battered with a pot in the kitchen area, and raped while the man suffered head injuries during the assault and is still in the hospital. Both had noticeable injuries, according to the police report.

Bell and Brooks allegedly kept the two victims inside the house and planned on staying there until a check came in the mail, according to the report. When the two fell asleep, the woman ran out of the home and down the street to a neighbor’s residence in the 1600 block of Oak Street to call police. She told police she knew where the men lived.

“Apparently from talking to the detectives who investigated this crime, it was quite an ordeal for the two victims,” said Whitlow. “I’m glad we were able to get these two off the streets.”

A witness also told police two males were seen in the alley behind the residence. She also said around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 1 she heard a loud disturbance across the street, and noticed one of the men running between houses in the 1500 block of Oak.

Whitlow said it didn’t appeared there was  forcible entry into the home. He said the incident is under investigation.

Bell was arrested the day of the attack and charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, two counts of criminal confinement and two counts of attempted robbery. He is being held in the Floyd County Jail on the felonies — which range from class A to class C. He has a pretrial conference set for Jan. 8 and his bond was set at $150,000 court-cash.

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