Thursday, January 18, 2001

Two charged in home invasion robbery

83-year-old man was victim

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two men were arrested Wednesday and charged in the Monday home invasion robbery of an 83-year-old Green Township man. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office charged Sheldon Leroy Sams III, 20, of the 1400 block of Chase Avenue, Northside, and Chester Martin, 35, of the 3200 block of Nandale Drive, Groesbeck, with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the incident.

[photo] A Hamilton County Sheriff's Department truck on Wednesday tows a car from Clifton that was stolen Monday in Green Township.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The two suspects are charged with forcing their way into the home of Raymond Kern in the 3600 block of Epley Drive about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

        The sheriff's office said two men wearing ski masks knocked on Mr. Kern's door then forced their way in when Mr. Kern answered. They pushed Mr. Kern to the floor, tied him with telephone wire and robbed him of cash, his car keys and a small handgun. The robbers fled in the victim's car. Mr. Kern, who suffered only some scratches on his wrists during the attack, said Wednesday he was glad two suspects had been captured although he hadn't been particularly concerned for his safety.

        “After you're 83 you don't worry too much,” he said.

        His main concern, Mr. Kern said, is finding out why they chose to rob him. “I want to try to find out who led them to my house anyway,” he said.

        Earlier in the day, Cincinnati police found Mr. Kern's stolen car in the Clifton area and detained three males in the vehicle. None of the trio in the stolen car were the two suspects who were later arrested in the home invasion incident.

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