Two arrested in home invasion robbery

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Two men are accused of forcing their way into a Jennings Drive apartment early Friday morning and holding the occupants at gunpoint.

Police were called early Friday morning to the apartment on unknown trouble.

When police arrived they noticed the front door to the apartment had been forced open and a blue Kentucky Wildcats hat was on the sidewalk in front of the apartment.

The woman inside the apartment told police she was in the shower and looked out of the upstairs window because she heard her boyfriend talking to someone. She saw two masked men outside of her apartment and yelled to her boyfriend not to open the door, according to the arrest citation of one of the men.

That’s when the men forced their way inside of the apartment and began demanding the woman’s purse and asked her boyfriend for her location, according to the citation. The woman and her boyfriend ran to the bathroom to get away but the men forced their way into the bathroom as well.

The woman attempted to run and that’s when one of the men pointed a gun at her, according to the arrest citation of the one of the men.

The men searched the apartment and kept asking her about a purse. She said she didn’t have a purse. The robbers took a pair of Jordan shoes and left. The two occupants of the apartment took down the license plate number and description of the car.

A short time later an officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop and found the shoes taken during the robbery, according to the citation.

Two people were arrest.

Dustin Dwayne Appling, 34, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree criminal mischief.

Michael David Melton, 36,  is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal mischief.

Appling told police he went to the apartment because the man inside owed him $200 and he wanted to collect that money from him, according to his arrest citation. Melton said Appling called him to have him help. Melton said they left when they realized police had been called.

Both were lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. Warren District Judge Brent Potter set their bonds at $25,000 each.