The dog then also allegedly tracked the perpetrators to Mace's home. From there, the dog followed the scent to Chapman's and Gregg's home.
Mace was forced to fight off the pair of intruders when they attempted to enter his home a little after midnight on Feb. 28.
Mace, a retired elementary school principal, had returned to the area from a workshop with teachers in Nicholas County Thursday evening, he said. Before heading home to Pinch, he spent the evening with friends in Charleston.
He was relaxing on his sofa when he heard a knock at the door.
Mace said he was concerned because it was normally too late for anyone to visit. He peeked through the peephole on his front door to see who it was, he said.
He opened the door because he thought the pair resembled his surrogate grandchildren. He soon discovered his error when he noticed that the pair had scarves wrapped around their faces to hide their features, he said.
Mace immediately attempted to shut the door as the two tried to force their way in.
The pair shoved on the door so hard that it swung back and hit Mace in the head, causing lacerations.
The two also allegedly attempted to use a crowbar to force their way through the door.
Mace said he is still traumatized by the situation and is working to get a handle on his anxiety.
"It's going to take some time," he said.
Mace added that he was very hurt by the fact that he has known Chapman since the suspect was a young child. Chapman grew up in the same neighborhood where Mace lived.
"I watched Aaron (Chapman) grow up," he said.
However, he did not know Givens.
Givens' bond was set at $25,000 cash. He is being housed at the South Central Regional Jail.Chapman is also still being in the South Central Regional Jail on $130,000 bond.