Man arrested in Tuesday home invasion

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Hughes charged with breaking into home, assaulting two individuals

By The Staff


A Campbellsville man was arrested after a crime spree Tuesday night where he attempted to rob several individuals, broke into homes, and assaulted two individuals, according to Campbellsville Police.

According to a CPD release, Joseph Kameron Hughes, 18, was arrested and faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief, attempted auto theft, fleeing or evading police, fourth-degree assault, and menacing.  

According to the report, Campbellsville Police received a complaint just before 8:30 p.m. that an unknown male, later identified, as Hughes, approached an elderly lady in the area of Beechwood Drive as she was pulling into her driveway and demanded her to give him her vehicle. The lady refused and then pulled away.

Hughes then fled from that residence, according to police, and attempted to gain entry into a neighboring residence by breaking a glass door and also attempted to get into a vehicle in the driveway. 

Hughes then allegedly fled on foot toward nearby Gardenia Drive, where he kicked in a door to a residence and entered. Inside the residence, Hughes had an altercation with an elderly couple in which he demanded that the man give him keys to his car. The man refused to do so, at which point Hughes allegedly punched the elderly man and pushed him to the floor. 

Police stated that he destroyed property inside the home, and then fled toward the T-Mart gas station on North Central Avenue. 

According to police, Hughes attempted to steal a car from a woman near T-Mart and Dale Street. While attempting to steal the vehicle, he demanded that a 14-year-old girl in the vehicle get out. When she refused to exit the vehicle, Hughes struck her in the head with his fist according to the report.

Shortly after, officers with the Campbellsville Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Hughes. 

Hughes fled on foot and fought officers, according to the report, and eventually fell over a ravine nearby after being tased by police according to witnesses, falling approximately 10 feet. Campbellsville Fire-Rescue and Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS were able to pull him out of the ravine, where he was then transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries and then lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Taylor County Detention Center records. 

The CKNJ confirmed with Campbellsville Police Wednesday afternoon that drugs were involved with the incident, but CPD officials said that they could not comment any further on that. 

Hughes was arrested by Campbellsville Police Detective Nelson Bishop, who is the investigating officer in the incident. 

Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, and Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS all assisted Tuesday night.