St. Bernard home invasion victim arrested for drug dealing, child endangerment
Kareem Elgazzar, WCPO Digital
7:51 AM, Feb 25, 2013
8:36 AM, Feb 25, 2013
ST. BERNARD, Ohio - One victim of a home invasion robbery – in which two armed men broke into the home – was arrested for dealing drugs and child endangerment Sunday.
Police believe Jason England, 38, was targeted as a result of his alleged illegal activities. While processing the scene for evidence, cocaine and a scale were found in a dresser drawer, which police identified as belonging to England.
England told police he was given approximately 10 grams of cocaine from a friend to sell.
St. Bernard police arrested England for felony drug abuse, trafficking in drugs, drug paraphernalia and two counts of child endangering after two armed black suspects entered his home in the 500 block of Rose Hill Avenue.
"Our investigation clearly shows this is a direct result of criminal activity related to England's arrest," St. Bernard Lt. Bill Ungruhe said in a statement.
England told police at least two suspects, armed with a shotgun and a handgun, bound England with plastic zip ties and pistol-whipped him in the face. England's wife, who was not identified by police, and the couple's 8-year-old daughter, were ordered into the kitchen.
The couple's teenage son was on the third floor of the home at the time of the robbery, police said.
The suspects fled north away from the home, toward Church Street. They remain at large as of Monday morning, according to police. It's not clear if the suspects took anything from the home, but police believe the suspects were targeting England.
Police believe this is an isolated incident and not a result of perpetrators randomly targeting homes in the area.
WCPO.com will update this story as more information becomes available.