Sunday, October 31, 2004

Police seek 3 men suspected in break-in, assault

The Enquirer

COLERAIN TWP. - Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigators are searching for three men in their teens or early 20s who broke into a home early Saturday, slashed a man's arm and fled with his wallet.

Several people were in the living room of a house in the 12000 block of Spaulding Drive when the three men kicked open the front door about 2:10 a.m. and rushed into the house.

One of the men shoved an unidentified woman against a wall and threatened her with a handgun, reports say.

The others attacked 20-year-old Justin Neal, of Sprucehill Drive in Springfield Township, in the kitchen. They struck Neal in the head with a gun, and one of the men cut Neal's left forearm with a "large blade knife or sword," according to investigators.

The suspects then took his wallet and left through the front door.

Neal was taken to Mercy Hospital and was treated and released.

The men are wanted on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

They are described as black men, one 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with longer slicked-back hair and a goatee, wearing brown pants, a white shirt and carrying a small black revolver; another 6-feet-2 to 6-feet-5 wearing a white shirt; and a third 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with braided hair, brown coveralls and a white shirt. He was armed with a large knife or sword.

Anyone with information is asked to call (513) 825-1500.

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