- Local Guide
CELINA — A Mercer County grand jury on Wednesday indicted the second of three suspects believed to be responsible for a home invasion on Feb. 25 near Mendon.
Michael E. Davis, 30, of Cincinnati, has been indicted on one count each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, one count of theft and three counts of complicity 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.
According to online court records, Davis was booked into the Mercer County Jail on June 1, where he was ordered held on $1 million bond. That bond was continued. An arraignment date has yet to be scheduled for Davis.
Davis is the second person in connection to the crime currently being housed in the Mercer County Jail. Patricia Ann Abrams, 32, of Batavia, 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 last month. She also is being held on a $1 million bond. A third person, Joshua M. Moreo, 31, last known address of Spencerville, also was arrested in connection to the crime.
After months of running down more than 250 tips, Mercer County law enforcement officials caught up with the three in May. Abrams was arrested in Clermont County on May 16. Moreo was arrested on May 16 in Dillsboro, Ind., where he was working at a carnival and Davis was arrested on May 21.
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 Lima area. The three then drove to the Fair home.
The Fairs were not a random target as Moreo reportedly 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. Law enforcement officials revealed they believed the apparent motive for the crime was to obtain money to purchase drugs, which the three allegedly did after the home invasion.