Suspects arrested in rural Rockville home invasion

(Provided photos) Suspects Left to right: Kathryn Smith,  James Gregory, Barbara Rice, Tasha Burchett, Robert Sekerak, Gary Sears Jr, Katrina Cottrell
(Provided photos) Suspects Left to right: Kathryn Smith, James Gregory, Barbara Rice, Tasha Burchett, Robert Sekerak, Gary Sears Jr, Katrina Cottrell

ROCKVILLE, Ind (WTHI) – On November 9th, Parke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home invasion and robbery.

Authorities say two suspects broke into the residence with a hatchet and battered 90-year-old male and 91-year-old female. The victims were reportedly tied up. Police say the home was then ransacked before the suspects took off.

The victims were then able to free themselves and provide suspect and vehicle descriptions to deputies. The male victim was taken to the hospital and later transported by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for a skull fracture. Authorities say the suspects used a crow bar to beat the victim.

Kathryn Smith, 24, of Rockville was arrested for driving while suspended with a prior offense and maintaining a nuisance during a traffic stop. The passenger, James Gregory, 32, of Rockville was arrested for dealing in Marijuana and possession of syringes.

During a search of the Smith / Gregory apartment in Rockville, deputies found additional drug paraphernalia and syringes. The occupants of the apartment, Barbara Rice, 24, of Rockville, Tasha Burchett, 30, of Terre Haute, and Robert Sekerak, 34, of Terre Haute were all arrested.

Gary Sears Jr., 25, of Terre Haute, and Katrina Cottrell, 28, of Clinton were located and detained at a Terre Haute gas station on November 10th at 2 a.m. with a large amount of the victim’s stolen property. Sears and Cottrell were taken to the Parke County Jail and charged robbery resulting in seriously bodily injury, burglary, criminal confinement and identity deception.