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Four arrested in Woodstock home invasion

Aaron Branham

WOODSTOCK — Local police arrested four suspects on Tuesday after an investigation into a November home invasion.

Aaron Matthew Branham, 34, and Adrian Paige Brown, 36, both of Maurertown, and Philip Lee Runion, 29, and Brian Edward Shea, 30, both of Woodstock, are all accused of planning and executing the home invasion, Woodstock Police Chief Eric L. Reiley said. Investigators believe that the suspects knew at least one of the residents in the home in the 100 block of South Church Street, Reiley added.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspects conspired to “make one of the occupants of the residence leave that location,” before entering the residence on Nov. 24 with weapons and holding three people in the residence against their will. Reiley said that those weapons included a hammer and a wrench, but no firearms. While the three were being held against their will,  Reiley said, the suspects stole items from the residence including an Xbox gaming system and several hundred rounds of .22 ammunition. They also took jewelry from one of the victims at the residence. The opening mechanism of a small safe was also damaged during the incident, Reiley noted.

Reiley emphasized that it was not a random crime, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Branham, Brown, Runion and Shea were each charged with four counts of abduction by force or intimidation, one count of grand larceny, one count of robbery of a residence and one count of misdemeanor intentional destruction of property valued at less than $1,000. Runion was also charged with buying or receiving stolen goods.

Adrian Paige Brown

Branham has a history of misdemeanor domestic assault and firearm convictions in Shenandoah County, and had pending charges involving violating a protective order. Brown has a long history of felony drug charges, and she also has pending methamphetamine manufacturing charges from a September mobile meth lab bust. Runion and Shea have previous misdemeanor charges as well.

All are being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Phillip Lee Runion

Brian Edward Shea

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