Two Charged, One Sought after Johnston Man Beaten During Home Invasion
web posted November 20, 2012 JOHNSTON – Two people have been arrested and a
third suspect sought after entering the home of a Calhoun Street man
and beating him in an effort to collect a drug debt Friday night just
after 10 pm. Nicole Tamika Butler, 26, of Addison Street (Left), and
22-year-old Mario Martin, of the same address, have been arrested in
connection to the home invasion and beating of a Johnston man in his
home. A third suspect, Vincent Londell Bly, 46, of Sandra Drive is
still being sought, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said.
According to Chief Aston, Ms. Butler and one of the other suspects
approached the victim earlier and attempted to collect a $40 debt owed
to Butler's boyfriend for crack cocaine sold on credit just before he
want to jail. The victim got away from them and went home.
A short time later Butler is said to have returned with Martin and Bly
and entered the home of the victim. One of the men held the victim down
in a chair while Butler beat the victim about the face while the other
held down his roommate while the attack took place. The roommate was
When officers arrived they found the victim bleeding heavily from his
mouth and nose and his shirt torn and bloody.
Butler was taken in to custody a short time later and booked on charges
of assault and battery in the third degree, kidnapping and
housebreaking. Mario Martin was located later and booked on the same
Chief Aston said they are still holding warrants for the arrest of
Vincent Londell Bly, 46, who is described as a black male standing 5'
8" tall weighing around 190 pounds with black hair and brown
It is believed more serious assault charges may be forthcoming against
Butler and Martin are currently being held on a total of $17,000 in
surety bonds each.
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