Dropped keys lead officers to suspects in armed robbery at Bloomington apartment

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Cordaro Murray

UPDATE: 

The burglary and robbery charges against Ronnie Burrus were dismissed on July 31, 2017. He still faces federal charges in connection with a Fort Wayne gang.

ORIGINAL STORY:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Dropped keys to a Jeep helped police identify the suspects who forced their way into a Bloomington apartment, stole electronics and broke a man’s jaw.

According to the Bloomington Police Department, the victims heard a knock at their door on Jan. 23, 2016. They recognized the visitor as a female juvenile acquaintance and opened the door. After that, two men—later identified as Ronnie Burrus, 23, and Cordaro Murray, 29—forced their way into the apartment.

The men were armed, police said, and one of them struck a 19-year-old man in the face, breaking his jaw. The man was also strangled to the point where he could barely breathe, according to court documents.

A second victim was asleep and forced from her bed, police said. She was held down with a gun pointed at her. The two men and the juvenile then stole several electronic items from the apartment and left.

When investigators arrived, they found a pair of keys that belonged to a Jeep. They tracked the vehicle’s owner to a home on Pecan Lane where they found Burrus and Murray. The vehicle belonged to Murray’s girlfriend, police said.

A search of the home and vehicle turned up drugs and at least one stolen handgun, police said. They found a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be cocaine along with plant material and a digital scale.

Burrus declined to talk to investigators about the robbery. Murray denied being involved in the robbery, but police said he gave “conflicting statements” regarding his activities on the evening of the crime. He admitted ownership of the drugs and said he’d bought a gun off the street and paid for it in Xanax.

Murray was arrested on charges of burglary, armed robbery and dealing in cocaine. Charges against Burrus include burglary, felony and armed robbery. Police later took the juvenile into custody on Monday.

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