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Four teenagers charged with murder in botched Warren County ambush plot

Posted at 8:43 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 18:16:29-05

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Four teens were arrested Tuesday in connection to the murder of Mason Trudics of Centerville, Ohio.

According to a press release from the Warren County Sheriff's Department, 18-year-old Dakota Cox of Kettering and four other teens, including Trudics, planned the robbery and kidnapping of an individual the night of Dec. 13. The individual was lured to a residence in the 1800 block of Oregonia Road in Turtlecreek Township.

According to police, upon arriving at the address, the individual was threatened with a bat and a firearm. Deputies say the subject then defended himself against attack with a firearm and in the ensuing battle, Mason Trudics was shot and killed and a 16-year-old was critically injured by gunfire.

911 calls released today tell a different story of the scene that night on Oregonia road. According to the caller, she was awakend by her dogs barking and a teenager pounding on her back window begging for help after he and his friend were shot. The caller said she didn't hear gunshots and thought it might be a prank until she saw someone lying next to her house.

"There is a kid laying on the ground by my AC unit," the caller said.
"Where at? He is like, passed out?" the dispatcher said.
"He's like laying there like he's dead or asleep or passed out or something," the caller said.

The shooter, who was originally identified as a potential suspect, has not been charged.

The teens are currently being held in the Warren County Jail or Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.