RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The victims of a home invasion in Manhattan came face to face with the accused gunman in court Tuesday.
Levertis Horne, 22, appeared in Riley County Magistrate for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013.
Horne faces charges of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Battery in connection with an armed attack at an off campus apartments complex involving several Kansas State University students. One of the students, Chase Cargile, was shot in the upper torso during the robbery. His roommates suffered minor injuries.
Officers were called to the Chase Manhattan Apartments at the corner of Claflin Road and College Avenue on October 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM.
When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that a suspect disguised in a black mask and hoodie had fled the area.
Cargile was transported by Riley County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was stabilized and then transported by Life Flight to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. He has since recovered from his wounds.
According to Horne’s arrest warrant, he was armed with a pistol when he took property from Cargile and his roommates.
Chase Cargile and another resident at the apartment, Austin Miller, were later arrested on warrants for the sale/distribution of hallucinogens/marijuana stemming from the police probe into the home invasion. Miller was also charged with obstruction of the legal process.
During the hearing, it came out that the motive for the robbery was drugs and cash that were believed to be in the apartment. Officials alluded to the fact that several of the roommates had been dealing drugs.
Several of the victims who were inside in the apartment that night testified that a man wearing all black with a mask covering the lower part of his face barged in the apartment with a gun and ordered everyone to get on the ground, demanding they hand over personal property. One of the victims said Cargile and Miller went to their bedrooms and brought out property to the suspect. When Cargile got into an argument and scuffle with the gunman, three gunshots were heard and the suspect took off, leaving Cargile with gunshot wounds.
When Chase Cargile took the stand Tuesday, he identified Horne as the man who shot him, officials said.
Judge William Malcolm found probable cause at the end of Tuesday's hearing and Horne was bound over on his charges. He is set to be arraigned on April 1, 2013. He is out of jail on bond.