Arrests made in New Year’s Day home invasion

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Men identified themselves as police officers, according to sheriff

By Stephen Lega


Two men have been arrested in connection with a New Year’s Day armed home invasion in Holy Cross.

Steven K. Bartley, 21, and Lawrence W. Inman, 31, both of Shepherdsville, were arrested at 2 a.m. Jan. 2 at 503 Saltwell Road in Shepherdsville. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Kentucky State Police and the Shepherdsville Police Department during the arrest.

Bartley and Inman are being charged with first-degree robbery in connection with an armed robbery at 6119 Holy Cross Road. Inman is also being charged with impersonating a police officer and cruelty to animals.

According to Clements, two men knocked on the door and asked for help at 6 a.m., Jan. 1. The men initially identified themselves as police officers, and one of them was wearing a baseball cap that read “Detective,” Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said.

A woman opened the door, and the men forced their way inside and struck her several times with a handgun. Clements said he understands the men were wearing some kind of camouflage clothing. They may have been wearing masks, although Clements said he was not certain of that.

Clements added that the suspects demanded prescription medication from the victim. When they weren’t able to get any medication, they stole several personal items before driving away.

Marion County EMS also responded to the scene, but the victim refused further treatment.

Inman has been accused of representing himself as a police officer, using physical force in the course of committing a theft, and killing a cat by breaking its neck, according to an arrest warrant issued in this case. Bartley is accused of committing a theft while armed with a deadly weapon.

According to the arrest report, officers found a hat that read “Detective” and a .22 caliber handgun belonging to Inman, and they recovered a PlayStation 3 and X-Box games. Also, a white, older model Ford that met the description of the vehicle used by the men in the home invasion was in the driveway.

Bartley and Inman are being housed at the Marion County Detention Center. Inman’s bond was set at $75,000, and Bartley’s bond was set at $50,000.

As conditions of their bond, both men are prohibited from having any contact with Bonnie Dawson, her family or her residence. Likewise, they are prohibited from being in Marion County except for court appearances.