Accomplice in violent March robbery to be arraigned

A co-conspirator in the violent March 18 home invasion in rural Greenwich will have his turn in court. Eric Cover, 20, of Galion, is expected to be arraigned Friday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with two counts each of felonious assault and kidnapping as well as one charge each of robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A co-conspirator in the violent March 18 home invasion in rural Greenwich will have his turn in court.

Eric Cover, 20, of Galion, is expected to be arraigned Friday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with two counts each of felonious assault and kidnapping as well as one charge each of robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy.

Cover was served a summons Monday.

On Sept. 14, a jury convicted Cover’s half-brother, New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, of masterminding the March incident on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. Holmberg, 27, will be held in the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced Nov. 5 for two counts of kidnapping and one count each of aggravated burglary and robbery.

Cover was secretly indicted the same day the Holmberg jury came back with guilty verdicts after three days of testimony. Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said Cover and Holmberg had been separated at a young age and became “recently reacquainted when they committed this crime.”

At Holmberg’s trial, two Galion sisters testified Holmberg gave them jewelry without explanation while he and Cover stayed with them for about a week after the robbery. The culprits reportedly stole between $600 and $700 as well as all of April Spain’s jewelry.

Victim Brandon Taft testified several suspects — as many as three — forced their way into his mobile home and tied him up in the middle of his kitchen/living room floor. He said the suspects hit him several times with a hammer and “stomped my head repeatedly” while demanding to know where there was money and marijuana.

“We feel strongly there were three people,” Howard said Thursday.

Spain, Taft’s fiancée, testified the suspects pulled her out of her bed and forced her to crawl with her head down in the hallway to the kitchen where they put coats over her head and Taft’s.

Howard testified Sept. 12 that the suspects used the coats to cover the victims’ heads so they “couldn’t fight back” or identify them.

Holmberg’s defense attorney asked Howard during the trial if Holmberg’s cousin and one of the suspected accomplices, Anthony Balducci of Cleveland, was “ever charged for this offense.”

“Not yet,” the detective responded.

Comments

Eric Cover (Ano...

Please stop putting my name in the paper you guys don't know all the facts to nothing. If you wanted the real story you should ask the source before you jump the gun there buddies maybe my brother did it maybbe not I don't know. But your facts are way off. Did you ever think to ask why is he even involed in the first place tell ya what why dont you guys come out here an get the real story an not the story that you and the county concots your reporters you know where i live keep it real thank you

Cary Ashby (Ano...

Eric, if this indeed you, I'm always open to do an interview. Anything you're willing to say on the record would give my readers more of the full picture, giving the Reflector a better shot at sharing "the real story." If you are interested in doing an interview, please call me at (419)668-3771 x239 or e-mail me at cashby@norwalkreflector.com.

Eric Cover (Ano...

Yes it is me and I do have a question for you. Why are you putting things like there was blood on the boots of my brothers boots when that didnt have anything to do with the trial? It never came up in the trial at all. Ohh and Dean Howard is full of it because he told me there was only two people involved as suspects. The Victems also change there story several times throught out the questioning saying stuff like the only wanted this then they changed it to they wanted this and this and then changed it again to they wanted this,this and this. I mean its total bs! These people are known drug dealers that are narcs for the police and have total immunity from anything they do thats why they are not in jail for selling drugs. Wheres the justice in that? You can do all the right things for wrong reasons and it doesnt make it right. But you can do all the wrong things for the right reasons and make it right.