Five people were arrested and charged Sunday with the second-degree murder of a farmer during a botched robbery at his home, authorities said.
The suspects reportedly broke into Henry Gropp's home early last Monday during a robbery attempt when they were unexpectedly confronted by Gropp's wife, Grace. Gropp rushed to his wife's aid, but was stabbed with a knife from the couple's kitchen, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
The suspects fled without any cash in a getaway car, which had been recovered, said Undersheriff David Harrison.
Grace Gropp dialed 911 and deputies arrived to find 69-year-old Henry Gropp dead.
Two of the suspects were the children of an employee of Gropp's farm, but police did not believe the employee was involved. They were identified as Christopher Anderson, 17, and his sister, Tina Brandt, 21.
Also arrested were Mickey Miller, 36; Marquice Lee, 16; and Hector Luis DeJesus, 24; all of Hudson. All are being held in Columbia County Jail without bail.