4 arrested, 1 wanted in connection with Putnam County home invasion

Robert Smith Jr., Tabitha Zapien, Benjamin Lilly and Telissa Sandusky have been arrested in connection with the crime. (Source: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

Four suspects have been arrested and one man is still being sought in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery in Putnam County.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, the robbery happened at a home on Elmore Town Road in Baxter around 5 a.m. on May 30.

The homeowner said he was woken up by a loud noise and then encountered three men and two women inside his home.

Robert Smith Jr. allegedly pointed a semi-automatic weapon at the victim while the other suspects stole items from his home. The attackers all left the scene in a silver four-door sedan.

Benjamin Lilly was arrested by the Cookeville Police Department later that day. He is charged with robbery and aggravated burglary. His bond was set at $125,000.

Smith and Tabitha Zapien were arrested the next day by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Smith is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, possession of a firearm by a certain person and unlawful possession of a weapon. His bond was set at $250,000.

Zapien is charged with robbery and aggravated burglary. Her bond was set at $125,000.

Telissa Sandusky was arrested Monday. Sandusky is charged with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated robbery. Her bond was set at $175,000.

A fifth male suspect remains at large. Police have not released a specific description of the man.

Anyone with information about the unknown accomplice is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 931-528-8484.

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