Burglary, Shooting Suspect Caught

A Steubenville man wanted on multiple indictments, including a May 16 burglary and shooting in Mingo Junction, was arrested in Wheeling Thursday.

Stedmund Creech, 23, who was arrested in Wheeling, and Drake A. Burton, 20, both of Steubenville each were indicted on four counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of felonious assault, one with a firearm specification, and tampering with evidence. Creech also was charged with one count of having a weapon as a convicted felon. Precious Turner, 30, of 1328 Wellesley Ave. was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said three men, dressed like utility workers with vests, knocked on a door at a house at 122 Union Ave., Mingo Junction, around 2:30 p.m. May 16. A 2-year-old girl answered the door. The men came inside, demanding money they claim was owed to them, Abdalla said.

The men forced Mike Gray, 27, to open a safe, Abdalla said. The men then used duct tape to tie up a woman, Yolanda Cronin, 23, of the residence, the 2-year-old and a 13-year-old. Gray also was secured with tape, Abdalla said.

The two children and Cronin then were struck in the head with a pistol, Abdalla said. Gray was shot in the thigh area.

The three left the house in a vehicle allegedly driven by a 17-year-old female and drove to Steubenville, where the men got out in the area of Dock and North Fourth streets. City police stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of South Fourth Street and took the female juvenile into custody.

She has been charged in juvenile court with complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to felonious assault, each with a firearm specification,

Several police agencies, including Steubenville Police, county drug task force, sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshals Service went to a home at 1328 Wellesley Ave., Steubenville, around 5 a.m. on May 17 and arrested Drake.

Creech now will face extradition to determine if he will be returned to Ohio.