MARYVILLE, Mo. — A Maryville man has been charged in connection with a Sunday home invasion.
Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice charged Trevin J. Wilmes, 23, with felony first-degree burglary, armed criminal action, second-degree kidnapping, stealing and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle by, according online court documents.
The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 in the 27000 block of Glacier Road, when a suspect allegedly gained entry into the victims home in rural Maryville, according to a news release from Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong.
The suspect was armed with a knife that he brandished while threatening the two victims. Strong noted that the suspect was also carrying an ax. The victims were confined to their bedroom and the suspect took both of their cellphones, among other items in the house during a two-hour period, then stole the victim’s 2006 Lincoln Super Crew pickup and left the home. The victims used another vehicle to drive to a relative’s home to call for help.
There appeared to be an attempt to set a fire in both the kitchen and shed, but neither spread, according to the release. A brown leather coat was found at the scene and tied the suspect to the scene.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers found the victims’ cellphones on 270th Street between Hawk and Hallmark roads. The suspect used one of the victims’ cellphones and left telling information. With it and a description from the victims law enforcement was led to a person of interest.
Law enforcement learned during the investigation that the suspect was most likely staying in St. Joseph. After contacting St. Joseph law enforcement, Nodaway County and Maryville Public Safety officers traveled to St. Joseph where the suspect and property reported stolen was located at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Wilmes has been questioned. He is currently being held in the Buchanan County Jail.
“I am very proud of the detectives that worked all day on their day off giving this case due diligence,” Strong wrote in the news release. “They are true professionals that I am happy to call friends.”
Wilmes previously had been sentenced in 2018 to four years to be served in the Department of Corrections for second-degree burglary and stealing, but had been recently released and placed on parole Sept. 3, 2019, according to online court records.