- Local Guide
CELINA — A Batavia woman appeared in court for the second time in a week to answer to charges she was involved in a home invasion on Feb. 25 near Mendon.
Patricia Ann Abrams, 32, pleaded innocent to one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, two counts of complicity, first-degree felonies, theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and complicity, a first-degree misdemeanor, during an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham continued Abrams’ bond — $1 million cash — and ordered her held in the Mercer County Jail pending its postage.
Abrams was arrested on May 16 in connection with a home invasion at 12617 Dutton Road, just north of Ohio 117 near Mendon. Two people were inside the residence at the time — Kathy Fair, 47, and her father William Fair, 73. Joshua M. Moreo, 31, last known address of Spencerville, and Michael E. Davis, 30, of Cincinnati, were arrested for their roles in the plot as well. Moreo also was arrested on May 16 and Davis was arrested on May 21.
Following an intensive investigation, which resulted in more than 250 tips, deputies closed in on Abrams in Clermont County. She was interviewed and subsequently arrested and was later transported to the Mercer County Jail.
Moreo, who according to online court documents has yet to officially be charged in the case, is being held in the Allen County Jail on a warrant from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges. He was arrested in Dillsboro, Ind., where he was working at a carnival.
Davis is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail on unrelated drug charges. He also has a holder placed on him out of Mercer County.
According to law enforcement reports, Abrams drove from the Cincinnati area, with Davis in the vehicle — a 1997 Mercury Villager van — and allegedly picked up Moreo in the area. The three then drove to the Fair home.
At a news conference last week, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey revealed the Fairs were not a random target as Moreo knew of them and believed the residence contained money.
During the home invasion, the Fairs were allegedly threatened with a weapon and told they would be killed if they did not comply. The suspects also attempted to duct tape the Fairs, but they fought back and the three then left the scene. Grey noted the apparent motive for the crime was to obtain money to purchase drugs, which the three allegedly did after the home invasion.
Abrams is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing at 10 a.m. June 13. If convicted, Abrams faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.