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OAK HILL, WV (WVVA) -Two Fayette County men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in the Hilltop area of Fayette County that occurred on January 29, 2013.

One of the man accused is the step-son of the victim. 

The home invasion happened during the late morning hours of Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Sheriff Steve Kessler says it happened on  the Prudence Road area in Hilltop, Fayette County, WV.

When Deputies responded to the scene they found that Daniel Sullivan, age 58, of Hilltop, WV had been the victim of a home invasion robbery and had been brutally beaten.

According to witness reports two masked male perpetrators had forced entry into the residence, assaulted the man by beating him repeatedly with a metal heater, and had attempted to steal drugs from his residence.

Mr. Sullivan was initially transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill for treatment, but was later transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center. He is still recovering from injuries received during this attack.

Since the initial investigation into this incident, Sheriff Kessler says deputies have been following up on leads and conducting interviews in connection with this incident.

After a lengthy investigation, Detectives were able to gather enough information to identify the two suspects involved in this incident and obtain warrants for the arrest of these individuals.

Steven R. Sullivan, age 33, of Oak Hill, WV and Jeremy S. Bailey, also age 33, of Glen Jean, WV were arrested and charged early Friday with the felony offenses of Robbery, Burglary, and a Assault during the Commission of a Felony.

Both men were  taken into custody without incident and  were arraigned in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County, where bond was set at $100,000 on each.

Sullivan is the step-son of the victim.

"We received a great deal of assistance from the public throughout this investigation," Sheriff Kessler said. "We received numerous tips and leads thru the Crime Stoppers hot line, through the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office website, and thru our agency Facebook page.

These tips and leads enabled us to target our investigative activities and ultimately led to the positive identification of these two suspects and their eventual arrest." 

Sheriff Kessler said that unlike most recent crimes, this one was not drug related.

"We've investigated several reports of home invasion robberies throughout Fayette County in the past several months. Several of these reports have been found to be drug related- drug dealers robbing other drug dealers. This crime was not in that category. This was an innocent victim who was allegedly targeted by his step-son, who knew that he had prescription drugs in his residence. This incident is not believed to be related to the other incidents of reported home invasion robberies throughout the area."

More arrests related to crime are a possibility.

"The investigation into these other robberies is continuing," Sheriff Kessler said.

This incident was investigated by the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office assisted by several Deputy Sheriffs from the Road Patrol division.

 "Our Deputies worked very hard on solving this case, and I'm proud to announce the arrests that have been made in connection with this investigation," said Sheriff Kessler.

Anyone having any information on criminal activity in Fayette County, or any active investigations, is urged to submit information to the Sheriff's Office through Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867.

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