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Two men charged in Cole County; accused of breaking into home, threatening residents

Richard Love, left, and Valrey Johnson are charged with first-degree burglary.
Cole County Sheriff's Office
Richard Love, left, and Valrey Johnson are charged with first-degree burglary.


Two Jefferson City men were charged on Wednesday after they were accused of breaking into home and threatening its residents.

Valrey Johnson was charged with first-degree burglary and armed criminal action. Richard Love was charged with first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and fourth-degree assault. Both men are being held at the Cole County Jail without bond and have an arraignment set for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cole County Circuit Court.

According to the probable cause statements, a victim called EMS and said that two men were in his house on Vista Road with bats and masks. The victim was able to identify Johnson, the statement says.

Another victim allegedly told police once they arrived that Johnson and Love forced themselves into the house, the statement says. Love allegedly pulled out a metal pipe and threatened to “do something” if the residents didn’t get out of the building, the statement says.

One of the victims allegedly told police that Johnson’s girlfriend was kicked out of the building earlier and the burglary was likely related to that, the statement says.

The pipe was found at the residence, according to the statement. Love allegedly told police he was in the home, but denied being armed or threatening the residents, the statement says.

The statement says Johnson was found at the home by police but did not speak with them.

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