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By Jake Bleed
• b Senior staff writer
Lincoln police arrested the remain
ing two of the three men suspected of
invading two east Lincoln apartments
and exchanging gunfire with a resident
;, Police said Jason Witmer, 23, and
Jtwan Overstreet, 20, were arrested this
week for kidnapping, robbery and bur
glary. A third man, Kenneth Barnes, 20,
was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with
, robbery, kidnapping and felon in pos
session of a firearm.
Officer Katherine Finnell said
Witmer was arrested at 11 a.m. Tuesday
after being released from BryanLGH
Witmer was hospitalized until
Tuesday morning after being shot in the
abdomen, right hand and left arm by the
resident of one of the apartments the
three suspects are accused of invading,
Overstreet was picked up at about 3
a.m. Wednesday walking near the inter
section of 16th and H streets, Finnell
After the attack, police had
Overstreet’s identity and were on the
lookout for him, Capt. Gary Engel said.
Finnell said the
close timing of
The three men
are being accused
in the break-in of
two apartments on
the 100 block of
After kicking down the door of one
building, the three allegedly held a 56
year-old woman at gunpoint and took
her driver’s license and a credit card,
Engel said the three suspects asked
to speak to a man named Bob. After
being told that no one named Bob lived
at the residence, Witmer, Overstreet and
Barnes then allegedly forced the 56
year-old to step next door, Engel said.
After the three allegedly forced their
way into a second apartment, Engel
said, the apartment’s resident exchanged
fire with the intruders, wounding
Witmer in the process.
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady
said police did not have a confirmed
motive for the attack but said the daugh
ter of the 44-year-old woman sleeping
in the second apartment was a friend of
No weapons were recovered in the
Overstreet had been previously
found guilty on two counts of assault
and one count of possession of less than
one ounce of marijuana after being
arrested in December 1998 in Lincoln.
Witmer had been convicted on two
counts of possession of less than one
ounce of marijuana in March and May
of 1995, also in Lincoln.
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