Mar 6, 2013 5:09 PM

Police: Father Of Home Invasion Victim Beat Suspect With Police Baton

The father of an Anderson County home invasion victim faces multiple charges after police said he took the law into his own hands by tracking down one of the suspects.

Police arrested Joshua Hillyer, 40, Monday morning from an incident last Friday night, one day after Hillyer's son and a friend were held up during a home invasion on Citation Lane.

According to the citation report, Hillyer approached the male suspect with a pistol at his side at a home on Hunter Ridge Drive. Hillyer tried to prevent the suspect from leaving until police arrived by striking him on the head with a police baton so hard it bent the baton, the report said.

Investigators charged Hillyer with wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, menacing and assault.

"This is the most extreme one I've ever seen," said Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins. "He knew where the subject was. He should have called us to let us know and we would have come and apprehended him."

Neighbors on Hunter Ridge Dr. Who know Hillyer were surprised to hear of his arrest.

"All he was doing was helping get one of the people who broke into his house," said Blake Penny. "Somebody put a gun in his kid's face. I'd be mad too."

Auston Caffey told LEX 18 Hillyer should not have been arrested.

"He was handling what needed to be handled in a good manner," said Caffey. "It's pretty crazy. It shouldn't have happened."

Three people are still in the Shelby County Detention Center for the home invasion which happened last Thursday.

Andrew Muns, 18, Charles Peach, 18, and Ryan Ashburn, 19 face multiple charges including robbery and burglary. Police said a fourth person, a juvenille, was also involved in the crime.

Hillyer declined an interview from the Shelby County Detention Center.


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