published Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Second suspect held in Chattanooga home invasion

Chattanooga police on Monday arrested the second of three suspects accused of invading a man's home in May and robbing him at gunpoint.

Charles Johnson, 38, is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy. Police said Johnson plotted the robbery with two other suspects, 30-year-old Laura Connar and 43-year-old Brian Pemberton.

The men allegedly forced their way into Denise Wilkinson's home at 2400 Westside Drive and held him at gunpoint in the bathroom while robbing him. They were wearing dark clothing, and one wore a motorcycle helmet. The victim had just visited with Connar in his home, and she left shortly before the robbery, according to the affidavit.

Investigators found the three suspects about five miles away in a white car that was seen on surveillance footage leaving Wilkinson's home after the robbery. Officers discovered two black pellet guns, two pairs of gloves and a motorcycle helmet in the car.

All three suspects were taken in for questioning, and Connar gave a detailed confession, according to the affidavit, admitting that the three worked together to plan the robbery.

Connar is wanted on suspicion of aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy, but she has not yet been arrested. The second suspect, Pemberton, was arrested on June 9 and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy.

Johnson is being held on a $203,000 bond. Pemberton's bond was set at $185,000.

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at 423-757-6525 or sbradbury@timesfreepress.com with tips or story ideas.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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