Prospect homeowner injured during home invasion, robbery


by Adam Walser

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 6:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- Two contractors from Southern Indiana are now behind bars in a Kentucky jail.

Police said the two men tied up a homeowner, then robbed him for money and prescription drugs.

The two suspects, Andre Jones and Robert Thomasson, are no strangers to police.

Apparently, it all started out as a routine business transaction. Police said the Prospect homeowner called a man he knew to get a bid for a home improvement project. The contractor showed up with another man, and Within minutes things turned ugly.

Most of the excitement at Hunting Creek Country Club happens on the golf course and the upscale neighborhood is known more for its scenic views and chirping birds than for crime.

“We haven't had much crime. Very little crime in Hunting Creek,” Hunting Creek resident Barbara Harman said.

All changed last night, when the two men showed up at a house in the 7300 block of Hunting Creek Drive Monday night.

“He had known him for a while. At least a year, and he was there under the pretense of doing tile work for him,” Prospect Police Chief Jeff Sherrard said.

According to the police report, the men pointed the gun at the homeowner's head, bound his hands and feet with duct tape and demanded money and prescription drugs.

“They came to that house with a gun. That should tell you something. They were there with the intent to rob this individual,” Sherrard said.

Police said while the suspects were threatening the homeowner, his son was listening in another room. The son sneaked out and called police.

“They were very fortunate he was there and overheard what was going on and recognized that there was a problem and was able to get out and pass that information along,” Sherrard said.

Jones and Thomasson, both of Jeffersonville, are charged with kidnapping, assault and robbery. Both have prior felony convictions in Indiana.

The homeowner was cut on his hand and leg with a boxcutter during the incident and was too shaken up to talk.