Two Nathaniel Grays — not related — charged with committing same burglary
Two Warren men named Nathaniel Gray — one 18 and one 19 — were indicted this week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after being accused of committing a burglary together Jan. 27 at 1592 Edgehill Ave. SE.
Police say the men are not related — one is black and the other white — but they were arrested within a short time of each other after a witness called 911 reporting that the two men were kicking in the door. Nothing was reported missing.
When an officer got close to the address, he spotted two men walking off of Edgehill onto Youngstown Road. He chased the white male and captured him — the 18-year-old Nathaniel Gray — near the Trumbull County Board of Elections office, but the other man got away.
Patrolman Trevor Sumption followed footprints in the snow and located the other Nathaniel Gray in his home at 1336 Edgehill, police said.
Sumption said one of the Nathaniel Grays didn’t have any identification with him. So when he told officers his name, Sumption said nobody believed it.
“We assumed he was trying to throw us off with the same names,” Sumption said. “We booked him in as John Doe until we could verify his name. His mom came down and brought some ID.”
Sumption and his shift commander, Lt. Martin Gargas, say the situation was a first for them.
“I’ve been doing this 23 years. It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like it,” Gargas said.
Both Nathaniel Grays face a possible prison sentence of eight years if convicted. Both are scheduled for arraignment at 11 a.m. Thursday before Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
In addition to their race, there are other differences: The 19-year-old is Nathaniel Gray III. He’s the one who lives on Edgehill. The 18-year-old is Nathaniel A. Gray Jr., and he lives at South Feederlee Avenue Southeast.