Suspect in brutal home invasion arrested on warrant

Dillon Ray Ellis (Submitted photo)
Dillon Ray Ellis (Submitted photo)

A parolee with a lengthy history was arrested on a felony warrant Monday in connection with an alleged home invasion two weeks ago where the victim was reportedly beaten with a bat at gunpoint.

Dillon Ray Ellis, 27, of 123 Rockdale Road, was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 3 p.m. on the warrant for aggravated residential burglary, punishable by up to life in prison, and he also had a warrant for a misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

Ellis remained in custody Tuesday on a $750,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.

According to court records, Ellis was convicted in Pike County in 2018 of felony fleeing, theft of property and theft by receiving and sentenced to four years in prison, but later paroled. He was convicted in Garland County in 2019 of possession of a firearm by certain persons and theft by receiving and sentenced to six years in prison, but later paroled, and on June 24, 2022, of felony fleeing with a substantial danger of death and sentenced to five years in prison, but later paroled.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on March 21, Garland County sheriff's deputies responded to the 4300 block of Park Avenue regarding a 911 call from a resident there who said a man who was "bloody" had shown up at his house saying he had been "beat up" and his house broken into.

Deputies found the male victim bleeding from lacerations to his face and head, with bruises. The victim stated he was at his residence on Rockdale Road when his front door was kicked in and two men came in armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a wooden bat.

He said the men beat him in the face, head and body with the bat while also kicking and punching him. He said he was finally able to get away and run to the residence on Park Avenue. Rockdale Road runs off the 4700 block of Park and his residence was about half a mile from where he ran to for help.

The victim noted his cellphone, valued at $300, was stolen by the men along with a pack of cigarettes and cash. The victim reportedly recognized one of the men as Ellis, who also lives on Rockdale, and the other man as a possible roommate of Ellis.

Deputies responded to the victim's residence and reportedly found blood in the carport, damage to the front door, a wooden club, a live shotgun round and a black pistol grip, which were collected as evidence after investigators obtained a search warrant.

A warrant for Ellis' arrest was issued later that same day after further investigation.

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