Two Charged With Robbing Alleged Burglar

WHEELING – Wheeling police arrested Rashawn O’Kernick on Sunday for allegedly burglarizing the home of Dasere Bryant, who was in jail at the time for allegedly burglarizing a McColloch Street home Saturday afternoon.

O’Kernick, 19, of Wheeling remained in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $10,000 bond late Monday – one day after being booked on a charge of nighttime burglary.

Bryant, 20, of Wheeling also remained jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond late Monday. He is charged with daytime burglary.

Police responded to a report of a burglary in process at Bryant’s Lind Street home in East Wheeling around 9 p.m. Sunday. Responding officers subsequently stopped a vehicle they witnessed speeding from the scene. The passenger, later identified as O’Kernick, ran from the vehicle but was quickly apprehended by officers.

According to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball, O’Kernick told officers he was the victim of a crime Bryant committed, and Bryant was periodically paying him restitution. Bryant had fallen behind on his payments, O’Kernick reportedly said, and he had come to Bryant’s home that night to collect.

Bryant’s mother, who had coincidentally arrived at her son’s home while O’Kernick was there, told officers she saw the man carrying a television from the residence. She reportedly came to the home that night to make sure it was secure; the residence was unoccupied at the time due to Bryant’s arrest the previous day.

Officers subsequently placed O’Kernick under arrest and transported him to jail.

On Saturday, an individual returned to their McColloch Street home around 3:45 p.m. to discover the residence had been burglarized, Kimball said. Acting on a tip they received, officers traveled to Bryant’s home and while looking through a window spotted several electronics that were reported stolen from the McColloch Street home.

Officers returned to Bryant’s home later that day with a search warrant. They recovered the items before arresting Bryant and transporting him to jail.

Kimball said it would be premature to connect O’Kernick or Bryant to home invasions that occurred a little more than one week ago in the Woodsdale and Edgwood sections of the city.