By Melody Vallieu
WEST MILTON — Detectives have applied for an arrest warrant for the suspect in a home invasion on Monday in which the intruder was shot three times by the homeowner.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Wednesday filed a felony arrest warrant for David A. Fenner, 38, of Union Township, for his involvement in the home invasion burglary early Monday morning.
Fenner has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of criminal tools. Detectives also have executed a search warrant at his home at 4901 Nashville Road, where he lives with his mother, Duchak said.
On Monday, Lt. Eric Lachey said as there was no sign of forced entry, they believe the male suspect entered the home through a “doggie” door.
Fenner entered the home in the 4000 block of Kessler-Frederick Road at 5 a.m. and the homeowner confronted Fenner and a short struggle ensued at which point the homeowner shot Fenner in self-defense, striking him in both legs and the hand. This is the second time in a matter months this residence had been invaded, Lachey said.
“All the credit goes to the homeowner for being vigilant and protecting his family,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said. “However, I would not want anyone to have to go through what this family did.”
Fenner was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by medic where he later underwent surgery on one of his legs for a shattered femur, according to Lachey. Miami County deputies will be transporting Fenner to the Miami County Jail upon his discharge from the hospital.
Fenner has been arrested for numerous crimes going back into the 1990s to include nighttime residential burglaries in 1998 in the Kessler-Frederick Road area. Fenner was sentenced to six years in prison for those burglaries. He was later arrested for receiving stolen property in 2006 by Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives. He also has previous arrests for narcotics possession, assault, resisting arrest, and theft.
“He is a career criminal and just needs to be put away forever,” Duchak said.
Detectives have been investigating burglaries and thefts in the Kessler-Frederick Road, State Route 571 and Nashville Road areas since March 2017. Fenner is a suspect in all of those crimes.
Detectives request that any residents in those areas who had a theft from their residence, outbuilding, or vehicle and did not report the crime to please do so now by calling (937) 440-9911. Detectives continue to work the cases in an attempt to link Fenner to other crimes to increase charges against him.
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