By Joe Gorman
Three men are in custody after police say they broke into a West Side home early Friday with guns, forcing one of the people inside to flee to the roof.
Dwaylyn Nadal, 28, and Sterling Owens, 23, both of Youngstown, are in Mahoning County jail on $75,000 bond after being arraigned in municipal court on charges of aggravated burglary, and Derek Royal, 23, also of Youngstown, is in jail on $100,000 bond on the same charge.
Police were called to a home in the 100 block of South Schenley Avenue about 1:10 a.m. for a report of at least two men inside the home with guns.
When officers arrived, they found one of the home’s occupants lying on the roof telling officers there were men inside with guns.
Police moved to surround the house, and one officer spotted a back door slightly ajar and heard someone say the cops were there and closed the door, reports said.
Another person tried to leave through a window, but saw police and pulled back inside, reports said. Two men then came out of the back door and told police there were three men inside with guns.
A police dog was called, and officers went inside to check the home. When they announced they had a dog, Owens surrendered to police, reports said.
Royal was found in the kitchen, and Nadal was found in the dining room, reports said.
Police found a semiautomatic handgun under a couch cushion and a revolver behind the china closet where Nadal was standing, reports said.
The man on the roof told police he was watching television when he heard someone ask “Where is the weed?” and when he heard it again, he ran out onto the roof. Reports stated the witness refused to talk further.
Assistant City Prosecutor Kathy Thompson asked for a higher bond for Royal because of his past juvenile criminal record, which included arrests for felonious assault, kidnapping, robbery and receiving stolen property. Magistrate Anthony Sertick granted her request.