Shenandoah County authorities say one of five men accused of planning and pulling off a home invasion last month hit a dog with a baseball bat while another suspect hurt a victim with a type of pepper spray.

The grand jury indicted the five suspects in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday, four of whom remain held in jail without bond.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigator Colter Stroop said by phone Thursday that anyone with information on the whereabouts of the fifth co-defendant, Michael Jenkins, should contact the agency at 540-459-6100.

Stroop provided some additional information about the case and the charges.

“So when we first got the case we wanted to get these guys in jail as soon as we could and get them held in jail,” Stroop said. “We obviously had robbery charges for sure, and we knew, with three victims and three robbery charges, we could get those charges pretty quick after we got the individuals identified.”

State code classifies robbery as a charge that carries a presumption against a defendant’s release on bond, Stroop noted.

“So we knew we could get 'em held until we got some time to review the video footage and investigate further to decide what other charges were necessary,” Stroop said.

Authorities plan to ask a judge in the Shenandoah County General District Court to dismiss the defendants’ charges in the lower court, Stroop said. Authorities likely would then seek direct indictments against the defendants for the lower-court charges, Stroop added.

The investigator provided some information about other charges listed in the indictments.

“There was a dog that was in one of the victims’ bedrooms that was struck with a bat, we believe,” Stroop said. “The dog, it had some bruises, but it’s fine; it’s recovered.”

The investigator said it appeared a co-defendant used some type of pepper spray on a victim during the incident. Video footage of the incident shows a suspect holding what looks like a can of pepper spray, but investigators did not recover the object, Stroop said. One of the victims complained to investigators that he felt a burn on his skin possibly from a type of spray, Stroop added.

“He felt it physically,” Stroop said. “We couldn’t see an actual burn, but he did feel something burning.”

Indictments handed up in circuit court charge:

Ronald Kyle Stiles, 29, of 1054 Jackson St., Strasburg, with one count each of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, destruction of property, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The indictments also charge Stiles with three counts each of abduction, conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.

Quejuan Tyree Wilkerson, 28, of 225 S. Charles St., Strasburg, with one count each of breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering while armed with a deadline weapon and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The indictments also charge Wilkerson with three counts each of abduction, conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.

Tyjone Randolph Carter, 18, of 225 S. Charles St., Strasburg, with one count each of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The indictments also charge Carter with three counts each of abduction, conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.

Michael Paul Jenkins, no age or address available except some ties to Tennessee, on one count each of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The indictments also charge Jenkins with three counts each of abduction, conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding. The grand jury indicted Jenkins on an additional count, charging him with maliciously releasing in any home, business or public gathering, tear gas or other chemicals designed to produce vile, injurious or nauseous odors or gases and bodily injury.

Darion Alexander Henry, 18, 111 South St., Front Royal, on one count each of breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and destruction of property. The indictments also charge Henry with three counts each of abduction, conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding. The grand jury also charged Henry with one count of cruelty to animals.

Authorities accuse the five defendants of plotting to break into a home in Shenandoah County while armed with weapons, holding people inside against their will and hurting them as well as stealing items out of the residence. Authorities charged the defendants with executing these plans Feb. 20. Law enforcement agencies arrested four of the five defendants within a week of the reported incident. Jenkins remains at large. The other four defendants remain held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Authorities filed initial charges against four of the five defendants, excluding Jenkins, in Shenandoah County General District Court. Arresting officers did not file criminal complaints in any of the defendants’ cases that ordinarily would provide some details about the alleged incident - information that a judge might use to determine if the court should grant a defendant’s request for release on bond. At a hearing on one of the defendants, General District Court Judge Amy Tisinger questioned why the case file lacked a criminal complaint and put off a request for bond until Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Strecky produced some information.

The General District Court preliminary hearings for Carter, Henry, Stiles and Wilkerson are scheduled for May 13. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney this week sought direct indictments against the defendants in Circuit Court, which the grand jury handed up Wednesday and could prompt prosecutors to ask a judge to dismiss the defendants’ charges in the lower court.

As is often the case, direct indictments filed in the Circuit Court do not contain criminal complaints or other documents usually included with files in the lower courts. Indictments certified from a lower court to a grand jury usually include documents such as criminal complaints.

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