Parke County couple in 90s beaten during violent home invasion; suspects arrested


Gary Sears (left) and Katrina Cottrell (right)

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ROCKVILLE, Ind. – Police in Parke County arrested two people accused of beating an elderly couple Wednesday morning during a violent home invasion and robbery.

According to investigators, Parke County sheriff’s deputies and Parke County EMS were dispatched to a rural Rockville residence around 7:45 a.m.

They found a 90-year-old man and 91-year-old woman who’d been tied up and beaten. They called for help after freeing themselves, police said.

The man had a skull fracture and had to be flown to an Indianapolis hospital.

Police said several items were missing from the home.

The investigation led police to two suspects: 25-year-old Gary Sears Jr. of Terre Haute and 28-year-old Katrina Cottrell of Clinton. Both were arrested at a gas station in Terre Haute early Thursday morning.

They were taken to the Parke County Jail on preliminary charges of armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, theft and credit card fraud.

According to the Tribune Star, police also arrested five other people associated with Sears and Cottrell. They weren’t involved in the robbery but were booked on drug-related charges during the investigation.

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