Convicted felon pleads innocent to abduction, burglary

Cary Ashby • Sep 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A rural Wakeman man convicted of a 2012 burglary was arraigned Monday in connection with a separate burglary.

Joshua Q. Case, 23, of 4247 Zenobia Road, pleaded innocent to one count each of burglary and abduction in connection with an Aug. 18 incident investigated by the Wakeman Police Department. If convicted of each third-degree felony, he faces nine months to three years in prison.

In the other case, Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber handled the investigation of the May 2, 2012 incident which didn't involve forced entry. Case pleaded guilty to burglary in August 2012.

Most recently on Aug. 18, Wakeman police have accused Case of taking a neighbor's ladder off a truck to access his girlfriend's second-story apartment in the village and then assaulting the woman while forcing her to stay there.

"She had some marks on the back of her neck. She was shaken up more than anything else," Chief Tim Hunker said in an earlier interview.

The disturbance woke up a neighbor, who later reportedly dropped Case off south of Wakeman.

"After the victim made it out of the residence," she went to her grandfather's home, Hunker said. A family friend then called police.

Case was arrested at his mother's Zenobia Road house.

"He appeared to be under the influence of something, but (we) couldn't smell anything on him," Hunker said.

Case, who goes to trial Nov. 19, must post a 10 percent of $30,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is prohibited from being on the woman's Wakeman residence or having any association with her.

As part of his three years of probation in the earlier burglary, Case was fined $500, ordered to obtain his GED and undergo substance abuse counseling.

In late August, Case admitted there was probable cause he violated his probation in connection with the recent burglary and abduction indictment. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway has revoked Case's bond.

"Mr. Case would like to have the whole thing wrapped up right now," said Public Defender Dave Longo on Wednesday, but added it wasn't possible.

The defendant will have a merits hearing Oct. 21 on the probation violation. His pre-trial hearing on the new burglary case is the same day.

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