Traffic stop leads to arrest of man wanted in home invasion case

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 5:50pm
Staff reports

A simple license plate violation led to the arrest of a man wanted in a 2-year-old home invasion case, police said Monday evening.

Roderick Crosby, who was a back seat passenger in a Ford Taurus stopped by police Sunday night on Shelby Avenue at South Fifth Street, fled on foot during the traffic stop but was captured shortly afterward.

Crosby, 25, is a suspect in a September 2009 home break-in and robbery in which two women were sexually assaulted. Police believe Crosby, of 22nd Avenue North, and two others entered a Bell Road apartment in 2009, tied up three women and one man and robbed them at gunpoint.

Police charged Crosby with four counts of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and a crooks with guns law violation in connection to the September 2009 home invasion.

Another suspect in the same case, Kirk Pointer, 42, was arrested on June 25 and charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and a crooks with guns law violation.

Pointer, of Pennock Avenue, is also charged with aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery for the assaults on the two women.