An investigation by the Tipton Police Department into a kidnapping and armed robbery has also resulted in the arrests of three men in connection to a November drive-by shooting.
Devon M. Atherton, 24, was arrested and preliminarily charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a level 2 felony, and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, in connection to a drive-by shooting that occurred last November at the Country Living mobile home community in Tiption, according to a Saturday Facebook post by the Tipton Police Department.
According to police, Atherton, Lowell P. "Billy" Cooper III, 19, of Tipton, and Jalen T. Linville, 20, of Kokomo, fired shots into an occupied mobile home. No one was injured in the incident and police believe it was done in response to a drug debt.
Both Cooper and Linville were also preliminarily charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a level 2 felony, and criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony.
All three remain at the Tipton County Jail.
Tipton police received crucial information on the November drive-by shooting during the investigation of a battery, robbery and kidnapping Wednesday.
On Wednesday, police responded to a report of an "attack" in the in the 400 block of N. West St. Police do not give any details of the attack in their Facebook post, but do say there were two victims and one suspect in the incident.
That suspect was Atherton, who was later stopped by police at Country Living. Police say evidence connecting Atherton to the robbery, battery and kidnapping was discovered soon after.
As a result, Atherton is also facing armed robbery, kidnapping, confinement, intimidation and battery charges in regards to the July 3 incident.
Agencies assisting in both of these incidents include the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, Tipton County Prosecutor’s Office, Tipton County Communications, and the Tipton County Jail.