An Owen County man – who says he’s a suspect in the Monday morning home invasion on Parkside Drive – denies allegations that he robbed a man at gunpoint.
According to police, a man told police that three white men came to his door and assaulted him when he stepped outside. The victim said the men punched and kicked him, and one fired a handgun at him, but missed, The State Journal reported Monday.
However Jeremy House, 37, says the home invasion never happened, but Michael Raisor, 38, who reported the incident, stole $2,400 from his car when he picked him up at a local gas station.
“He seen the money in the door of my car after I got done with a tree job,” House told The State Journal by phone this morning.
House says he contacted Raisor’s parents to find the man and have his money returned. He says he didn’t want to involve police at that point, because he didn’t want to see his neighbor go to jail. Raisor was convicted of stealing an ATM in June 2010.
Once House reached Raisor, the men decided to meet on Bethel Lane where House was expecting to have his money returned, but Raisor had a hammer, House says. House says he panicked and the men got into a fight.
House says there were no gunshots fired, but a firecracker may have been set off nearby during the fight. He said the money was returned, but he is missing $600.
“The boy stole money from me, and that’s money I was going to use to feed my family,” he said. “$2,400 is a lot for me.”
House says the woman who was listed as Raisor’s driver in the police report sent him a text message apologizing for the stolen money.
“I have that saved on my phone,” he said.
House says he’s attempted to contact Frankfort Police to turn himself in and share his story, but no one has called him back to make the arrest.
“If I was lying I wouldn’t be trying to turn my self in,” House said. “There were no two other guys, and he made up the story because he robbed me. I’ve known the boy my whole life; we grew up together.”
Maj. Fred Deaton says the investigation is on going, and it’s not department policy to comment on the details of such cases.