Jonesboro police investigating home invasion

Suspects tie up, rob woman in home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are investigating a reported home invasion.

The 54-year-old victim, Rena Self, told investigators a black man kicked in the back door of her home in the 1800-block of South Culberhouse around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Once inside the house, she said the man opened the front door to let in another black man.

The woman claimed the two suspects held a knife to her neck then forced her and a 20-year-old man at the house to get on the floor.

The alleged robbers then tied the man's hands with a toddler pajama onesie, then covered both victims heads with a blanket before telling them not to move.

Self claimed the suspects demanded to know if they had any "pills, drugs, or cash" in the home.

"They kept asking her if she had her tax money back yet and where it was at," the initial incident report stated.

After denying she had any of those items in the house, the alleged robbers then stole three televisions as well as the woman's cell phone.

Self said the whole incident has left her shaken and scared.

"I am still shaking and I feel very violated. I am just scared and I couldn't get a hold of anybody because I didn't have my phone," Self said.

Self told Region 8 News she went to her neighbor's house to call the police.

The male victim told police the men kept referring to each other as "Corey and Shawn."

According to the report, the one referred to as Corey "stuttered" when he spoke.

He told police that because his head was under the blanket, he could not see the vehicle the men left in; but he said it sounded "like a new Dodge pickup because of the way it sounded."

While investigating, police stated the front bedroom "had just recently been sprayed down with a large amount of cologne or body spray."

Despite the fragrance, Officer Cory Medley stated he could still smell "the distinct odor of marijuana" in the room.

Both victims denied any drugs being in the house, Medley reported.

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