Robbers arraigned in Union Twp. invasion


Both plead not guilty to charges

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



MIAMI COUNTY — Two suspects involved in the armed robbery of a Union Township home on Sept. 30 appeared in Miami County Common Pleas Court on grand jury indictments on Thursday.

Keason A. Twitty, 18, of Dayton, appeared in court in a wheelchair and was arraigned by grand jury indictment for aggravated burglary with a three-year firearm specification and conspiracy to commit burglary. Both are first-degree felonies. He also was indicted on charges of felonious assault, a secon- degree felony. Twitty entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

During the home invasion on Sept. 30, Twitty was shot by the homeowner outside of the home on North Montgomery County Line Road. Twitty was transported by Careflight for treatment of his injuries. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim or co-defendants in the case.

The homeowner called 911 and said a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him. It is believed the home was targeted for narcotics. The homeowner told deputies he got his own gun and fired back, hitting Twitty in the leg.

Kristian Martinez, 22, of Phillipsburg, was arraigned on one count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and one count of second-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

Martinez’s counsel advised he had no prior record. Martinez was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim or co-defendants.

According to Major Steve Lord, Martinez was the driver of the get-away vehicle in the incident.

The United States Marshals Service apprehended Eric Santos, 21, in the Bronx in New York City on Nov. 30. Santos was the fifth and final suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the Sept. 30, home invasion in Union Township.

Santos will be facing felony charges of aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, and felonious assault.

With Santos’s arrest, all suspects have been apprehended. He is not currently listed as a jail inmate in Miami County at this date. He is expected to be extradited to Miami County in the future.

Another suspect, James Benton, turned himself in through his attorney in October. A third, Cory L. Dixon, was also apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in October.

The following subjects were arraigned on grand jury indictments on Thursday:

David Brumfield, 43, of Troy, entered a not guilty plea to one count of third-degree felony burglary. Judge Christopher ordered a $10,000 bond. If released, he is to have no contact with the victims. Brumfield allegedly burglarized a home in the 100 block of South Elm Street, Troy on Sept. 24.

Xavier Franklin, 26, of Piqua, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony domestic violence. He entered a plea of not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim or the witness in the case.

Charles E. Gray, 63, of Detroit, Mich., was arraigned on one count of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin, both second-degree felonies. He also was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. He entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Gee ordered a $20,000 cash bond due to Gray stating he did not have a residence at the hearing.

Rachel Miller, 31, of Troy, was arraigned on four counts of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property in two cases. She entered a plea of not guilty. Judge Gee ordered a $5,000 or 10 percent bond per case.

Both plead not guilty to charges

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com

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