BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Men posing as police officers forced their way into a home, handcuffed the couple living there and stole thousands of dollars worth of items on Sunday.
One of the suspects, Joseph Patrick Kean, 46, is now in custody and was arraigned in court on Monday, after a pursuit and a crash into a deputy's cruiser.
The victims of Sunday's home invasion were in court as Kean faced a judge. Investigators are remaining tight-lipped about this case as two other possible suspects remain at large.
“Mr. Kean, you are charged with attempted murder, robbery first degree, wanton endangerment first degree, theft by unlawful taking, impersonating a police officer, burglary first degree, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more and fleeing or evading police first degree in a motor vehicle,” Bullitt District Court Judge Rebecca Ward said.
Ed and Maureen Cundiff listened to the long list of charges, still shaken by what happened Sunday morning while they were eating breakfast.
“Somebody knocked on the door very, very loudly saying something like, ‘We've got a warrant. We've got a warrant. Open the dag gone door,’” Maureen Cundiff said.
That's when they say two men dressed in bullet-resistant vests and armed with guns handcuffed them inside their bathroom.
“They didn't act professional like police officers, they were real indignant, belligerent,” Ed Cundiff said. "I know there was something wrong there.”
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The Cundiff's home was ransacked, and the thieves were able to get away electronics, money and much more.
“Generator, a whole bunch of tools and my ATV, trailer and truck,” Ed Cundiff said.
When deputies attempted to pull the stolen truck over on Preston Highway, the men took off, before ramming into a marked sheriff's car on I-65. That sheriff's car was then struck by a semi. The deputy suffered minor injuries. Investigators said that's when Kean, still in body armor, attempted to run away but was taken into custody.
“If I had had an inkling that there was something like that coming down, I would have met them at the door with a shotgun,” Ed Cundiff said.
The Bullitt County Sheriff's office said there was a second suspect vehicle involved that was able to get away, and according to the court documents, two other men remain at large.
Kean remains locked up in the Bullitt County Detention Center. He's being held on $250,000 full cash bond. He is due back in court October 26.
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