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Woman, 90, shoved to ground during home invasion

Anthony Spencer and Joseph Snelling (Source: Clark County, IN Jail) Anthony Spencer and Joseph Snelling (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
Marilyn Triplett Marilyn Triplett
Armondo Elizondo Armondo Elizondo

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Since 1948, Marilyn Triplett has lived in the same house on Carter Avenue in Clarksville. Triplett, 90, said she has always felt safe, but Tuesday night her sense of security was interrupted with a knock. 

Just barely cracking the front door, Triplett asked who was there.

"This fellow looked up like that and I heard him say, 'J.J., you remember me?' That's what he said," said Triplett. 

Confused for a moment, Triplett said her old neighbor's name was J.J. She realized pretty quickly this wasn't him. Police say the two men were able to push their way in. Police believe those men are Anthony Spencer, 31, and Joseph Snelling, 19.

"I knew I shouldn't do anything," said Triplett. "I knew I couldn't do anything against two or three of them."

Triplett said one of them shoved her to the ground and pressed her face to the floor.

"It was like I was smothered and I said let me change my position and he said no, keep your head down and he kept wanting me to face the ground and floor," said Triplett. 

Clarksville Police said the men got away with a flat screen TV, some jewelry, and Triplett's purse. As they were loading up their car neighbor Armando Elizondo was watching. Elizondo even tried to stop the men by throwing a brick at their car. He called police with a detailed description of the car. After a brief pursuit and short foot chase Spencer and Snelling were arrested. Police said the stolen property was found in their car. 

"The police arrived, I talked to them and they were so grateful that I called them and stopped these guys and they said 'to her family, they think you are a hero', and I was like, no I'm not," said Elizondo.  

Spencer and Snelling are charged with burglary, robbery, and resisting law enforcement. Both are are being held in the Clark County Jail on $150,000 full cash bond. 

Police believe Spencer and Snelling may have been working with another man. If you have any information that could help, give Clarksville police a call.  

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