Third man arrested in home invasion

STEUBENVILLE – The third man wanted for his alleged involvement in a May 16 home invasion in Mingo Junction was arrested Friday night at his hospital room at Trinity Medical Center West.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said today Anthony Elmore, 29, of Steubenville was arrested by a Jefferson County deputy sheriff and a Steubenville police officer.

Elmore was transported to the Jefferson County jail on Saturday.

Elmore is facing several criminal charges including four counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of felonious assault, one with a firearm specification, and tampering with evidence.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said today Elmore will be arraigned in Common Pleas Court next week.

“The U.S. Marshals learned Elmore was in and out of our county and then learned he had gone to the hospital on Thursday night. When we found out he was at the hospital, we sent a deputy and a police officer to the hospital. They placed Mr. Elmore in leg shackles and stayed on guard until he was transported to the jail Saturday,” related Abdalla.

Elmore was named in a secret indictment for his alleged participation in the burglary and shooting at the Gray residence.

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. on May 16. A 2-year-old girl answered the door. The men came inside, demanding money they claim was owed to them.

The men forced Mike Gray, 27, to open a safe, Abdalla said.

The three 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 the 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 sheriff said.

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.

Several police agencies, including Steubenville Police, the county drug task force, sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshals Service went to a home at 1328 Wellesley Ave. around 5 a.m. on May 17 and arrested Drake Burton, 20, of Steubenville.

Precious Turner, 30, of 1328 Wellesley Ave. was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence.

Turner entered a guilty plea in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court last week and was sentenced to two years of probation.