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Arkansas Deputies Storm the Wrong Home

By Associated Press

May 9, 2005, 9:55 PM EDT

SEARCY, Ark. -- More than ten deputies trying to make a federal weapons arrest stormed the wrong home and ended up in a police officer's house.

Searcy officer Ann Owens said she's upset at the mistake and doesn't think there should have been any confusion between her house and the address the deputies needed.

Lt. Det. John Slater of the White County Sheriff's Department said the county officers couldn't find the right address and neighbor mistakenly pointed them to Owens' house. The officers were seeking out the home of Richard Attaway to arrest him on federal weapons and explosives charges.

The deputies stormed the home through an unlocked door and saw a picture of Owens and her family.

"We realized this house is too nice, something was wrong here," Slater said.

Slater instructed that everybody pull out and left the house as it was found, undamaged.

But Sheldon Owens said that a gate was broken in his home and that numerous clues should have tipped the deputies off that this was his and Anne's home and not Attaway's house.

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.


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