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Local couple tied, beaten in burglary

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

GREENWICH The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rural Greenwich burglary late Sunday night in which a Fitchville Township couple were assaulted.

Two or three masked male suspects entered the Greenwich Milan Townline Road home by force about 11:30 p.m. and assaulted the two victims, a man and his fiance, Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said. Both victims are in the early 20s.

"They tied up the victims. After they ransacked the home, they fled," Howard said.

Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from the couple's mother-in-law about 45 minutes after the incident, saying "her son and daughter-in-law had been tied up, robbed and assaulted," a dispatcher reported. Howard said the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money and left within 30 minutes of their arrival.

"This was a very violent scene," the detective said, adding that the couple was able to free themselves shortly after the suspects left.

The man suffered "blunt force trauma to the head" after one of the suspects hit him with a blunt object, Howard said. A Fisher-Titus Medical Center nurse confirmed the victim was there as this morning, but said she wasn't allowed to disclose his medical condition.

Capt. Bob McLaughlin declined to comment on the type of weapon the suspect used on the victim, but said his injuries were serious enough that doctors want to observe him "to make sure he's OK."

"There were no gunshot wounds. There were some lacerations," McLaughlin said.

Howard said the man's fiancee "had some minor, visible injuries," but wasn't taken to the hospital.

The couple's 2-month-old child was home at the time of the crime, but was not injured.

McLaughlin expects victim advocates to contact the couple and possibly set up counseling.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) were dispatched to the home along with four deputies. Howard said the BCI&I agents processed the scene for several hours.

Authorities seized some clothing that belonged to the male victim, McLaughlin said. The investigator declined to say what evidence it held, but said it could help identify the suspects.

"We're following a couple leads right now (and) see how they pan out," he said.

About three or four years ago, two Lorain suspects were convicted for tying up an Clarksfield Township man, McLaughlin said.

"They had a pillow case over his head and threatened him with his cane," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said, and the man was detained in a bathroom.

The two men, suspected of being involved in gang-related activity, were arrested after police found them intoxicated hiding under some trucks for about 10 hours, Leffler said.

The two men are serving 15 years in prison.

Residents with information about the Greenwich burglary are encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Dane Howard at the sheriff's office at (419) 663-2828. Anonymous tipsters may leave a message at (419) 663-2820.

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