3 arrests made in violent Gallatin invasions, rapes
June 20, 2012 6:50 PM
Mitchell Beverly Jr.
Emonnie Branch Jr.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
Sumner County authorities have arrested three men in connection to two violent sexual assaults and home invasions that occurred last week in Gallatin.
Mitchell Beverly Jr., 22, Dewayne Fleming, 21, and Emonnie Branch Jr., 18, were all taken into custody Tuesday.
Authorities said the men are responsible for two separate home invasions, the first of which was reported last Tuesday night around 11 p.m. at a home in the Castalian Springs area.
The second incident occurred Thursday around the same time in Gallatin.
"Two of these individuals are from Hendersonville," said Bill Storment with the Gallatin police Department, "Mitchell Beverly is originally from Sumner County, in the Castillian Springs area, so there's probably some amount of knowledge they had of the areas. I don't know if they had knowledge of the particular victims prior to committing the crimes or now."
Authorities previously reported that in both cases, two male subjects entered the homes, raped the victims and fled after taking various items.
Branch and Beverly are both charged with aggravated burglary, four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and four counts of aggravated robbery.
Branch is also charged with aggravated rape, while Beverly is charged with facilitation of aggravated rape.
Fleming is charged with assault, facilitation of aggravated burglary and facilitation of aggravated robbery.
Ronnie Dalton, who lives just a block away from the incident in Gallatin.
Dalton, who said he's lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, told Nashville's News 2, "I'm relieved that they caught them so fast. Hopefully, something like that will never happen again, it's tragic."
All three men are scheduled to appear in a Sumner County courtroom on July 18.