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Arrest made in Lorain burglary


LORAIN — Five months after a Lorain man told police he was tied up, beaten and robbed by three men in his own home, police gathered enough evidence to charge a suspect in the case.

At about noon on Dec. 6, police charged Johnattan Martinez-Rios, 28, with aggravated burglary and kidnapping in his home at 1644 E. 29th St. in Lorain.

According to Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert, police believe Martinez-Rios was one of the three men involved in a burglary at a home on East 34th Street in Lorain in June.

Around 11:30 p.m. June 23, a 73-year-old man told police he was standing outside of his house with his dog when three men approached him, pushed him inside of his house and demanded money.

The man told police the suspects bound his feet and arms together with duct tape and beat him with a gun. At one point one of the men told the other two to “just shoot him,” Sivert said.

The men left with $355 in cash and some credit cards stolen from the house.

Martinez-Rios was charged the next day with receiving stolen property after he tried to use the 73-year-old’s credit cards; however, police didn’t have enough evidence at the time to charge Martinez-Rios with the robbery, Sivert said.

Police gathered enough evidence to formally charge the 28-year-old last week. The other two suspects are still at large. Anyone with additional information should contact Lorain police at 204-2100, Sivert said.

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