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May 08, 2012 8:01 am

Home invasion victim charged with theft

Written by CJ Baker

A Powell man who was brutally beaten in his home last October was apparently targeted because of more than $10,000 of stolen cash he’d stashed in his home, say court documents filed last week.

On the morning of Oct. 11, three individuals reportedly broke into John Julian’s South Clark Street home and attacked him with a blunt object. Julian suffered broken bones and head injuries in the assault, police have said.

A neighbor called police at 2:41 a.m. to report someone screaming for help, and Julian called 911 himself a short while later.

Powell police said at the time that the attack was not random, but would not say why they believed the man was targeted or name him.

Court records filed last week say Julian later told police he thought the assailants were after the $10,623 he’d stashed in his home.

A charging affidavit indicates the money had been stolen from an elderly woman who Julian had helped move. The Park County Attorney’s Office has charged the 41-year-old Julian with larceny and receiving stolen property. Since more than $1,000 is involved, both counts are felonies, and a warrant has been issued for Julian’s arrest. As of Monday, he had not been arrested.

No charges have been filed in connection with the assault.

Julian did not tell police about the money in his home until later on the day of the assault while at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, says an affidavit from Powell Police Officer Chad Glick submitted in the case.

Julian reportedly told Glick that after the assault, he took the money from underneath his bathroom mat — where he’d safely stashed it — and moved it into the broiler of his stove. Then, the battered man called 911.

Julian said he hadn’t initially told police about the money because he was afraid it would be “connected to controlled substances” and confiscated; he said he’d been using methamphetamine.

At Julian’s request, police recovered the money from the home.

Julian originally told Glick that the cash represented three years of savings, the affidavit says.

However, police later learned the cash had apparently been stolen from a 77-year-old woman who had hired Julian to help pack up her things for a move. The woman told police that cash totaling $15,000 had been stolen from her safe; the money had been intended for her children, she told Glick.

Julian later gave police a revised story, saying his meth supplier had stolen the cash from the elderly woman. Julian said he’d then stolen the cash back as back as part of a plan to return the money to the woman, though he said he did use $500 to buy meth from the dealer.

As for why he was assaulted, Julian said he had foolishly showed off the cash to a few people, including the man he was buying meth from.

A photo found on Julian’s cell phone showed the cash laid out on a table with an apparent joint of marijuana nearby, Glick wrote.

When asked about the status of the investigation into the home invasion on Monday, Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said the case has been submitted to the Park County Attorney’s office.

"No charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is still active and ongoing," Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt said in a Tuesday email.

2 comments

  • Comment Link May 12, 2012 3:48 pm posted by Bob Harrington

    Wow, not the same ole Powell I remember, home invasions over drugs or whatever, shoot out at the ole Park Motel. I guess the world, unfortunately, has finally arrived at the door of Powell Wyoming.

  • Comment Link May 16, 2012 3:37 pm posted by waylon

    Powell isn't the same you're right about that Bob bring back Officer Funke!!!!!!!!!

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