NARCOTICS TIP LEADS TO SHOOTING ARRESTS

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the Multi County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit (MCNVCEU) responded to 100 block of Charwood Estates Drive, Troy, in Lincoln County after receiving a narcotic tip at a residence.

Upon arrival, detectives contact was made with the homeowner who gave detectives permission to enter his residence and consent to search. Prior to entry, the homeowner advised 43-year-old Michael Branigan, of Troy, was inside and usually carries a .380 handgun in his back pocket.

As detectives enter the residence, they observed Branigan putting a methamphetamine pipe to his mouth, while another female lit the pipe with a propane torch. Other subjects in the residence identified as 35-year-old Stephen Loddeke, of Troy, and 30-year-old Jessy Cross, of Troy.

Subsequent search of the residence located additional methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and drug distribution paraphernalia (scales and micro baggies).  Two firearms located inside the residence (.22 caliber rifle and black .380 handgun) Branigan claimed the rifle to be his but denied claim to the .380 handgun but all other subjects in the home said the handgun belonged to Branigan.

Then on February 8, 2019, while monitoring jail calls, detectives observed Branigan and 25-year-old Jacob Shinstock, of Troy, coach Jessy Cross on a video visitation, to start a Wells Fargo account over the phone and have them send her checks. Shinstock instructed Jessy to open another account at a local bank and use the Wells Fargo checks to withdraw money, $1,500, at a time.

Shintock advised Jessy she would not get in any trouble doing so. Branigan took the phone back from Shinstock and asked Jessy to “do this” to get him out of jail.  Jessy was arrested on a City of Troy warrant in the Sheriff’s Office lobby.

On February 11, 2019, detectives with the MCNVCEU arrested 38-year-old Dustin Brewer, of Troy, on multiple arrest warrants from within the area.  During the arrest, Brewer told detectives Branigan recently shot at him and three other people, while in a vehicle.

According to Brewer, he and three other persons were in a vehicle driven by Brewer. They responded to a mutual friend’s house located along the 3000 block of Creek Road, in Moscow Mills, to get personal belongings of one of the victims in the vehicle.

While sitting in the driveway, Branigan ran out of the residence and pointed a gun at Brewer, telling him to give him his money. Brewer, fearing for his safety and the safety of the other three people, drove away from Branigan. While fleeing to safety, Branigan shot a round from a handgun toward the occupied vehicle, striking the driver’s side front tire.

Detectives located the tire that was still on the vehicle, which revealed a plugged hole in the sidewall consistent with a bullet hole. The tire was removed from the wheel and detectives located a bullet lodged to the inside of the tire.

On February 21, 2019, investigators served a search warrant at the residence where the shooting took place and recovered the home’s surveillance footage. The surveillance video showed a female appearing to assist Branigan in the robbery.

Detectives responded to the Lincoln County Jail to show Branigan the footage. Branigan confessed to pointing the gun at the vehicle and shooting the tire. Branigan also stated the female in the video was 22-year-old Abigail Smith, of Winfield, was there to help Branigan. The surveillance video revealed Smith attempted to stab the tire, and then tried to forcefully open the door of the vehicle and remove an occupant.

While interviewing Branigan, detectives also learned while Brewer and Branigan were waiting for court, Branigan sucker punched Brewer in the face, causing several minor injuries.

On Monday, February 25, 2019, Abigail Smith arrived at the Sheriff’s Office to speak with detectives. While she was waiting, Smith began a jail visitation call with an inmate in the same pod as Branigan. Branigan saw Smith talking and, took the phone away from the inmate and advised Smith to quickly flee the Sheriff’s Office, because detectives had the surveillance footage of the robbery at the residence along Creek Road.

Smith left the Sheriff’s Office and fled to her dad’s residence in Troy. Detectives located Smith who voluntarily came to the Sheriff’s Office to speak with them. Upon arrival, Smith told detectives on the date of the robbery, she ran out of the residence and attempted to stab the tire.

Smith also told investigators when the tire would not pop, she attempted to get Brewer to exit the vehicle while Branigan had a gun pointed at Brewer.

As a result of this case, Michael Branigan has five arrests warrants.  Branigan is currently charged with First Degree Robbery, four counts of First Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Beck at $100,000 cash only.

Branigan is also charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry at $25,000 cash only.

Branigan is charged with Third Degree Assault.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Patrick Flynn at $10,000 cash only.

Branigan is charged with felony Hindering Prosecution. Bond set by the Honorable Judge Patrick Flynn at $10,000 cash only.

Branigan is charged with Conspiracy Stealing.  Bond set by the Honorable Greg Allsberry at $25,000 cash only.

Branigan is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Other conditions of his bonds may apply.

Stephen Loddeke is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry at $25,000 cash only.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

Jessy Cross is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Jim Beck at $5,000.00 cash only.  Cross posted bond and was released. Other conditions of bond may apply.

Jacob Shinstock is charged with Conspiracy Stealing and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry at $5,000 cash or surety authorized.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

Abigail Smith is charged with First Degree Attempted Robbery, First Degree Assault and Armed Criminal Action.  Bond set by the Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry at $100,000 cash only bond.  Smith is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

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