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Three arrested and charged in Columbia, Illinois home invasion

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( -- Three suspects have been arrested an charged after authorities said they burglarized a home in Columbia, Illinois.

On Wednesday, September 14th, the Columbia Police Department responded to a home in the 500 block of South Kremmel around 3:54 a.m.

According to reports, the caller stated that two suspects entered their home wearing bandannas and one was armed with a handgun.  The caller also stated that the suspects had already left the residence after a short confrontation where one of the suspects threatened to kill the victim.

When officers arrived on the scene, they checked the victim for injuries and verified the suspects were no longer in or around the house.  With the victim's assistance, the officers determined that the suspects had removed property from the home.  A crime scene technician from the Illinois State Police responded and processed the scene for evidence.

Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants on two suspects a day later.  Alex E. Gunter, 17, from Houston, Illinois was arrested on Thursday and charged with Home Invasion and Residential Burglary.

Authorities could not locate a second suspect in the case.  Alex R. Niemeyer, 21, from Baldwin, Illinois turned himself in on Monday after learning that police would soon release his picture to the public. 

Bond for Gunter and Niemeyer has been set at $100,000. 

The third suspect was also arrested and charged on Monday.  Mathew Brawley, 21, from Columbia, Illinois was charged with Home Invasion and Residential Burglary and his bond has been set at $50,000.  Police did not say how or what role Brawley was played in the crime.

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