Progress Made In Ohio Home Invasion Case With Arrests Of Three Suspects

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM EST

MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A measure of comfort is given to an Ohio community stressed by home invasions.

Three people have been arrested to clear up one case in Mercer County.

But another high profile home invasion murder case in that county remains unsolved.

Police say they have gotten to the bottom of what happened in the crime against 79-year old William Fair and his 47-year old daughter Kathy Fair.

The victims were shaken up by the ordeal February 25th at their home northwest of the town of Mendon.

But they lived to tell about it.

Now, three people accused of terrorizing them that winter night are behind bars, and set to face aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and other charges.

Formal charges were read Wednesday to 32-year old Patricia Abrams of Batavia Ohio, who was indicted by a Mercer County grand jury.

30-year old Michael Davis of Cincinnati, and 31-year old Joshua Moreo of Spencerville Ohio are also in custody, and charges should be filed against them soon.

The sheriff says residents, who've been on edge, have been waiting for an encouraging word.

Sheriff Jeff Grey/(R) Mercer County Ohio: " People in our community have been traumatized, they've been scared. You know, this is Mercer County, this kind of stuff doesn't happen here."

Police say the trio approached the home late at night, armed with a gun and knives, and forced their way in.

Authorities say they tried to tie the victims up, but after a struggle, the thieves are accused of taking items, then fleeing in a 1997 Mercury van.

The sheriff didn't offer a lot of details, but did share the investigation was helped by 260 tips from the public.

Police say the suspects don't appear to be responsible for the November murders of Robert and Colleen Grube, who were tied up and shot to death in their home near Fort Recovery Ohio.

Sheriff Grey: " Now, we're going to add additional manpower back to the Grube homicide, because that is the priority case."

" There was yet another home invasion in Van Wert County in March, in which Daniel Hemker was tied up and driven into a quarry, before he freed himself, and swam to safety through the shattered back window of the vehicle.

Van Wert County Sheriff Stan Owens says that investigation continues.

No arrests have been made.




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