3 arrested in Temple home invasion, burglary

City of Temple
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:25pm

One man and two women were arrested after officials responded to a reported burglary of an apartment in Temple.

Police arrested Devonte Tyrell Taplin, 19, Laydine Kinsasha McNeil, 20, and Andrea Denise Acosta, 19, all of Temple, after a short investigation proved they were involved in the burglary.

On Wednesday, around 9:40 p.m., the Temple Police Department arrived at an apartment in the 700 block of West Calhoun Avenue on reports of a home invasion and burglary.

Officers arrived and met with the victims who said that around 9:30 p.m., a woman came to their door asking to use the telephone. One of the residents said he stepped outside to allow her to use his telephone when a man approached them and produced a gun ordering the victim to step back into the apartment. The victim said he turned and ran from the armed suspect to get help.

Two suspects entered the apartment and took money and property from the victims before running. The victim that had escaped, followed the suspects to get a description of the vehicle and their location. Taplin allegedly sat on the window of their car and pointed the gun at the victim as he was following them. The victim eventually lost the suspect vehicle but was able to see a partial license plate.

Authorities were able to locate the vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2400 block of South 13th Street. 

Officers responded to the registered owner’s apartment and located the suspects. Two of the suspects were identified by the victims as being the man and woman that entered the apartment.  During the investigation, it was determined that the third person was operating the vehicle.

Taplin, McNeil and Acosta were taken to the Bell County Jail and officers found the property taken during the robbery hidden on one of the suspects.

The investigation is being reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

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