Two men indicted on aggravated burglary, kidnapping charges

By Ed Runyan


A 40-year-old man charged in June with breaking into a home on North Park Avenue in Warren Township and threatening the resident with a crowbar has been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and possessing criminal tools.

John A. Thompson, of Hoagland Blackstub Road in Mecca and Dickey Avenue Northwest in Warren could get about 20 years in prison if convicted.

Warren Township police said they were alerted to the burglary by a covert 911 call from the victim at 9:53 p.m. June 15.

The victim reported finding a man entering her house through a window who threatened her with a crowbar and ordered her to walk through the house and help him put her valuables in a gym bag.

When an officer arrived at the house to check on the 911 call the woman made, in which she hung up before speaking into the phone, the woman answered the door, pointed at the man behind her and said, “This guy is robbing me.”

The man was arrested a short time later after he fled into the woods behind the house.

In another burglary and kidnapping case, Kemari James, 20, of 995 Highland Ave. SW, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, two counts of kidnapping and one count of felonious assault for purportedly breaking into the Lancer Court home of an 18-year-old woman, holding a gun to her head and threatening to kill her at 1:51 a.m. May 12.

The woman is the mother of James’ child, police said.

Those charges and a specification that a gun was used could result in a prison term of about 40 years if he’s convicted.

Maliek J. Cobb, 20, of Columbus, was indicted on aggravated burglary with a firearm specification in a June 25 incident in which he and another man are accused of breaking into a house in the 1400 block of Grandview Avenue in Weathersfield Township at 6:02 a.m.

The resident said she woke up to find a man in her bedroom, who left without confronting her, then saw two men walking into the woods in the back of her house.

A Trumbull County deputy sheriff spotted two black males a short time later on bicycles on North Road at Crestview Avenue, and a motorist flagged him down, saying the males had just robbed him.

The deputy caught Cobb a short distance away, but the other man got away.

Police say two global- positioning systems, a fixed-blade knife, a Kindle Fire electronic reading device, handgun, laptop computer and PlayStation game found on or near Cobb were taken from the residence.

All three defendants will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

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