4 arrested in Graves County after sheriff’s deputy finds 3 masked men

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Four people face multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies found three masked men, two with handguns.

Montez Elmore, 21, of Lexington faces six counts of complicity to commit robbery in the first degree and 15 counts of complicity to commit kidnapping.

Jonte Hensley, 24, of Paducah faces six counts of robbery in the first degree and 15 counts of kidnapping.

Dezmend Cobb, 22, of Danville faces six counts of robbery in the first degree and 15 counts of kidnapping.

Eric Vancura, 37, of Mayfield, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense with a firearm enhancements and possession of drug paraphernalia with a firearm enhancement.

Further charges are pending on Elmore, Cobb and Hensley as the investigation continues.

Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a 911 call from a resident on KY 58 East, about two miles east of Mayfield on Dec. 9 about 6:20 p.m.

The caller reported that people were breaking into his home and that they were armed with guns. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Kentucky State Police responded to the home.

Graves County Deputy Sheriff Tyler Crane arrived at the home within two minutes of being dispatched. Deputy Crane entered the home and found three masked men, two with handguns, standing in the kitchen of the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Crane ordered the men to drop their guns and put their hands up. All three complied and dropped their weapons, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Chandler Sirls arrived with in three minutes of the 911 call and assisted Deputy Crane in taking the men into custody.

Four handguns were recovered from the suspects after they were arrested.

Upon further investigation and interviews with the victims and three that were arrested,

This was not a random crime, according to the sheriff’s office. The home was known to the suspects and they were seeking retaliation against a person in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Unbeknownst to the suspects when they entered the home, 15 people were inside the home as one of the residents had several visitors over for the evening. All of those in the home, a majority of which were under the age of 18, were forced at gunpoint to give up their cell phones and moved into the living room as the suspects looked for items in the home to steal, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the suspects were taken into custody the cell phones that were taken were recovered.

A search warrant was also issued for the home.

Methamphetamine and a loaded shotgun were recovered from an upstairs room in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

After those items were found, deputies arrested Vancura.

All of those arrested were taken to the Graves County RC Center and then transported by Graves County Jail staff to an out of county facility.

Deputy Tyler Crane and Deputy Chandler Sirls are continuing to investigate this incident. They were assisted on this case by Deputy Davant Ramage, Detective Sergeant Snapper Seaton, Special Deputy Greg Sloan, Chief Deputy Jeremy Prince and Troopers with the Kentucky State Police.

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