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Second suspect caught in home invasion

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published March 6, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.


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A second man has been arrested in a home invasion in White County in which the resident was shot with an arrow and sprayed with mace.

Authorities say 29-year-old Searcy resident Jesse Rayburn was waiting for the victim Monday afternoon in a residence on Dam Site Road in the Judsonia area. Rayburn at different times sprayed the victim with mace and shot him with a bow-and-arrow that was in the house, though the arrow was tipless and only caused a bruise, the White County sheriff's office said.

Rayburn ran from the residence and was arrested Tuesday on a charge of residential burglary, police said. He was also wanted on a parole violation warrant.

It marked the second arrest in the case. Deputies were called back to the same residence hours after the first incident Monday night and found 34-year-old Johnny Whaley inside. Whaley, who is also a parolee, is believed to have been with Rayburn during the earlier altercation, the sheriff's office said. He was also charged with residential burglary.

Sheriff's office spokesman Cpl. Steve Hernandez said it wasn't clear if Whaley was hiding in the house or if ran out during the first altercation and later returned.

"He could have seen something that he liked and when they got there the first time and gone back," Hernandez said. "Really we're not sure 100 percent."

Both suspects are due in court May 7.

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