Two of three individuals suspected of assaulting a 71-year-old man in his home this week are in custody.
Kara Clark and Autumn Stabile are being held in jail while a third suspect, Bryan Nicosia, remains on the run. Clark, no age listed, was arrested Wednesday by Wells Township police, while Stabile, 19, of Steubenville turned herself in to authorities in Jefferson County.
The home invasion took place in Jewett at 101 Wheeling and Lake Erie St. on Tuesday.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., a 71-year-old man opened his door to a woman he knew and two of her friends, one male and one female.
According to Jewett Police Officer Todd Walker, who responded to the scene, the victim was walking toward his refrigerator to offer the suspects a drink when the male suspect attacked him from behind.
"The male grabbed him around the neck. He started beating on him and threw him to the ground," Walker said. "The male duct-taped him to a chair by his arms, legs and neck and also tied him with a cord he had cut off a fan in his home."
The man was left locked in the bathroom while the three suspects ransacked his home and obtained a key for a safe.
They stole approximately $4,000 in cash and gold coins.
When the man regained consciousness, he managed to crawl out and then walk to a neighbor's home and call for help.
He was taken to a hospital, and suffered lacerations on his torso, multiple facial fractures, a broken nose and possible internal injuries.
He was released from the hospital, according to Walker.
He will need to see a specialist and undergo further treatment.
"Why they beat a 71-year-old man I'll never know," he added. "There was no reason for that."
The man was retired and lived alone, facts that Walker says the suspect acquainted with the victim knew.
"I'm pretty sure it was all planned," Walker said. "She was there at one point earlier and knew the surroundings. I believe she had cased his house and used him for that and brought people back to accomplish their robbery."
Walker said Clark, Stabile and Nicosia will face charges of aggravated robbery and felony assault, at the least.
Nicosia, 31, is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is urged to call Jewett Police at 740-946-1471 or the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at 740-942-2197.