Victim takes stand, saying burglar was after marijuana

By Bethany Knipp

Witness testimony continued Thursday in a trial for a Manhattan man accused of armed robbery in an October 5, 2012, home invasion.

Levertis Horne, 22, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated burglary. Prosecutors allege that Horne entered a unit at Chase Manhattan Apartments and held four roommates at gunpoint, resulting in one’s injuries.

One roommate, Andrew Johnson, took the witness stand Thursday and testified that someone knocked on the door of the apartment and barged through when another roommate, Austin Miller, opened it.

Johnson said he saw the intruder was a black male who had a gun and said, “Get down on the ground,” several times.

Johnson said originally he had told police that the intruder demanded money, but Thursday Johnson said the intruder actually demanded marijuana. He said he and his other roommates didn’t want to be arrested for possession and distribution of the drug, but an investigation resulted in at least three of the roommates’ arrests. 

Johnson said the roommates were dealing the drug, and Johnson and Miller had just come back the day of the crime from Colorado, obtaining the weed there with plans to sell it in Kansas.

After the demand for drugs, Johnson said his roommate, Chase Cargile, went into his room to get a jar of marijuana and told the intruder, “If you want this, come and get it from me,” before Cargile and the intruder wrestled when shots were fired.

Cargile was shot and stabbed in the neck but survived the attack. Johnson’s former girlfriend was in the apartment at the time of the robbery hiding in closet before she called 911. Johnson testified that the intruder drove away in a white vehicle he believed to be a Dodge Stratus with another person.

A verdict is not expected until at least Thursday afternoon.

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