Charged in Beating
Couple arrested in drug house
By Millard K. Ives
April 13, 2006
people accused of trying to blind a man with bleach before beating
him with a wooden cross, a hammer and the butt of a BB gun in a
home robbery were arrested Wednesday.
with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Shelley E. Brown and
Ricky L. Johnson ended their attack early Monday by tying up the
58-year-old Summerfield man with duct tape, robbing him and leaving
him for dead.
who were called to the home on Southeast 178th Lane found pools
M. Mathis had gashes so deep, his skull could be seen, according
to investigators. It took 35 stitches and 12 staples to close his
a wonder he even survived," said Capt. Thomas Bibb of the Major
Mathis identified the two intruders as Brown, 33, and Johnson, 35.
Officials discovered Mathis' stolen 1995 S10 Chevy at a junk yard
in Sumter County.
questioning area residents, detectives were told that Brown and
Johnson had been frequenting drug homes in the Lake Panasoffkee
area within recent days, Bibb said.
said officials with Sumter County Sheriff's Office stumbled upon
the couple about 4 a.m. Wednesday in a drug house in Lake Panasoffkee,
where Brown was reportedly caught holding a crack pipe.
couple were charged with attempted homicide, home invasion, auto
theft and kidnapping and made their first court appearance Wednesday
morning. Brown also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
were in the Marion County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $77,000 bail
"They definitely had the intent to rob and kill him,"
said Wednesday that Brown has not talked since her arrest and Johnson
denied he broke in the home. A bare-chested Johnson, wearing camouflage
pants, and Brown, wearing tight, short, cut-off jeans and black
boots, walked in silence as they were being escorted by detectives
and deputies Wednesday afternoon from the Marion County Sheriff's
Office to the jail.
to an incident report, Mathis said he paid Brown $50 for a sex act
Saturday night while Johnson sat inside the home.
couple left the residence the next day but broke into the home early
Monday morning while Mathis was sleeping.
"beware of the dog" sign was on still on Mathis' door
Wednesday, and a dog was chained in the yard of the light brown
told detectives when he woke up to the two rummaging through his
home, Johnson threw bleach in his face and started striking him
with the butt of a BB rifle.
to the incident report, Mathis said Johnson frequently yelled to
Brown to "give me something to kill him with." Brown passed
him objects, which included a one-foot long wooden cross mounted
on the wall and hammer that Johnson used in the assault before duct
taping Mathis to a chair.
two attackers reportedly then grabbed Mathis' wallet and keys and
drove off in the Chevy pick-up.
was able to crawl to a pair of wire cutters in his home to cut himself
loose and stagger to a neighbor's house for help.
could not be reached by phone Wednesday.