Midland Police Catch Three Men Connected To Violent Home Invasion

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The hunt is over for a group of brazen burglars. Midland police have nabbed several suspects connected to a violent home break-in. The arrests announced Wednesday come after a lengthy investigation, but police got some extra help thanks to an anonymous Crimestoppers tip.

21-year-old Keith Watlington, 20-year-old Jeremy Bradford, and 28-year-old Kenneth Leyerly are all charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault. NewsWest 9 first told you about the break-in in January. That's when police allege the men attacked Chris Nunez in his home in the 2400 block of West Dengar. No one was killed in the violent break-in. Police said it was thanks to physical evidence at the house, and especially the Crimestoppers tip that helped them track down the suspects. Police said this is only one example of how Crimestoppers has been a big help in an investigation.

"We've had information that has come in, but because people don't want to get involved or they want to remain anonymous, they'll use Crimestoppers as a way to get the information to us," Sgt. David Garcia, with the Midland Police Department, said. "We get it, and we can corroborate their information with other stuff that we have, and then that helps us put a case together. So in this case, it was invaluable it was the tip that really sealed the case for us."

The home invasion on West Dengar sparked the attention of the NewsWest 9 newsroom in January, because there were numerous reports of suspects kicking-in front doors around Midland, then running away. As it turns out, this home invasion (on West Dengar) was a separate case. Again, police have made arrests in all these cases.

If you ever think you know someone who is a suspect or have information about a crime, police said contact Crimestoppers at 694-TIPS. You will remain anonymous and arrests could earn cash rewards.