ELYRIA — Four relatives are facing charges for their alleged roles in a September home invasion in which a 41-year-old Elyria man was shot and stabbed.
Terrell McCullum, 29, and his brother, 27-year-old Terrence McCullum, were indicted on similar charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, conspiracy to commit murder and several other conspiracy in secret indictments unsealed Thursday.
A cousin of the brothers, 22-year-old Tyvez McCullum, was charged in a newly unsealed secret indictment with complicity to commit aggravated burglary, complicity to commit aggravated robbery and conspiracy charges.
A fourth McCullum, 21-year-old Jermaine McCullum Jr., was indicted earlier this year on similar charges to Terrell McCullum and Terrence McCullum, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Jermaine McCullum, Terrell McCullum and Terrence McCullum are accused of breaking into the Midview Crossings apartment of Lonnie Williams on Sept. 30, Costantino said. Tyvez McCullum is accused of helping to plan the robbery.
Costantino said the men targeted Williams because they believed he had money in his apartment.
“It was a planned event,” he said. “It wasn’t random.”
Police have said three masked men entered the townhouse through an unlocked door and tried to rob Williams. A woman and three girls also were in the apartment. Costantino said Williams fought with the robbers and was shot in his left forearm and right shoulder blade by Terrell McCullum.
Williams was stabbed in the abdomen by Terrence McCullum, Costantino said.
After Williams was injured, the robbers took money from a purse and fled, police have said. When officers arrived, they found a woman outside screaming and the wounded Williams inside.
Costantino said detectives worked the case to develop leads, which led them to seek charges against the McCullums, who are being held at the Lorain County Jail.