The two men arrested after police said they broke into an elderly Crawford County couple’s home and robbed them at gunpoint last month have plead not guilty to several charges.
Sam Gypson, 21, is facing multiple charges including: two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery, breaking or entering, and theft of property. Authorities say Gypson is homeless, but from the area.
Colin Holson, 18, from Chester was arrested on the same charges as Gypson as well as disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Glenn and Bernice Kimes, each in their 80s, were victims of the armed home invasion. They have been married for more than 60 years and have lived in the Chester area for decades, but they’ve never experienced a home burglary like this before.
“They started tearing through everything in the house, looking for more money,” said Glenn Kimes.
Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said Holson and Gypson were armed with firearms and hid their faces during the robbery. He said the two men left with about $60 and no medication.
The Kimes family said the door was locked and the suspects broke into the home by the force of their shoulders.
“They left the residence on foot,” Brown said. “They had told them (the Kimes’) to not come outside for at least 30 minutes. They took their home telephone, and we did find that out in the yard.”
Authorities said before the suspects left the scene, they smashed the couples phone in their front yard.
“They left a roll of duct tape and some super glue,” said Brown, but added the suspects didn’t use those items on the couple.
“I wasn’t happy about it. I was very unhappy,” said Bernice Kimes.
The couple drove to a neighbor’s home and called 911 after they felt it was safe.
In total, three arrests were made following the break-in.
Katelyn Bradway, 18, from Alma was arrested on hindering apprehension. Authorities said Bradway sent Gypson text messages warning him deputies were questioning her and Holson.
Gypson ran off to Oklahoma before officers caught him trying to catch a bus out of town, according to Crawford County Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante.
“One of the males was arrested at the bus depot in Fort Smith,” said Damante. “He knew we were looking for him, and he had a ticket to California.”
Holson and Gypson are currently being held in the Crawford County jail. Holson is being held on $118,000 bond and Gypson on $75,000 bond.
Bradway posted a bond of $3,500 and was released from jail December 21.