Tuesday, February 09, 1999

Trio faces lengthy charges in 4-day crime spree

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Two men already jailed in a shooting and police chase in Middletown face more troubles in Warren County.

        A grand jury indicted Noel D. Richardson, 19, of Springdale, and Roy A. Clark, 26, of Lebanon, on a list of charges stemming from a crime spree over four days leading up to their capture Jan. 19.

        A third man, who was not involved in the Middletown incident, also faces similar charges in the Warren County case, according to indictments released Monday.

        Mr. Richardson, Mr. Clark and Harley Levi Davis, 18, of Wilmington, are charged with numerous counts of burglary, arson, kidnapping, safecracking, robbery and disrupting public services — charges that could put them in prison for more than 50 years.

        Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said the trio is accused of breaking into a home on Middleboro Road, in the eastern part of the county, Jan. 15, where a crossbow and other items were stolen before the residence was set on fire. No one was home at the time of the blaze, which caused $100,000 damage, he said.

        Two days later, authorities said, someone called 911 to divert police from the Lake Road area, where a residence was broken into before dawn.

        This time the occupants were sleeping. One of the intruders held the middle-aged couple and their teen-aged daughter at bay with a crossbow, while the other two took 13 guns, money, jewelry and other items.

        Mr. Davis is jailed in the Warren County Justice Center. Mr. Clark and Mr. Richardson are jailed on high bonds in Butler County, where they are accused in the Jan. 18 shooting and robbery of Frank Holdbrook Sr., 40.

        Police arrested Mr. Richardson near the scene. Police said Mr. Clark led them on a chase, firing at them out the car window, before he was found hiding in a tree in Union Township, Butler County.


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