The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 3, 2011

Four face charges in Dorset assault

By ELLEN KOLMAN - ekolman@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

DORSET TOWNSHIP — A teen and three juveniles are facing multiple charges after assaulting a 50-year-old man, resulting in his hospitalization Tuesday, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department.

Cody Trenn, 18, 2476 Route 193, Dorset Township, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated arson, vandalism, robbery, possession of criminal tools, complicity and criminal trespass, according to Ashtabula County Court records.

According to sheriff’s department reports, Trenn and three teenagers entered the victim’s home in the 2200 block of Railroad Street on Nov. 27 and accused him of stealing an i-Pod. When the victim said he did not have it, Trenn “punched him in the face three times,” while the other teens began breaking things in the house.

According to the sheriff’s report, before the teens left the scene on Sunday, they had broken every window in the victim’s house and ripped every door off its hinges. Almost every piece of furniture including the TV was broken, cabinets and counter tops were damaged with an ax and sledge hammer and money was forcibly taken out of the victim’s wallet. They set a fire in the middle of the living room “to keep the man warm,” Trenn told the deputies in his statement.

Deputies were called to the victim’s home on a welfare check on Nov. 29 and discovered the disheveled house with broken windows and doors wide open. The deputy noted he saw a man lying on a couch covered with a blanket. South Central Ambulance responded to the scene and told the deputy the victim’s body temperature was at 96 degrees. The man was transported to the Ashtabula County Medical Center for hypothermia and a cut on his head, the report said.

When other deputies arrived at the victim’s home during the investigation, they reported a burnt odor of a fire, items thrown out into the yard, and food and broken items everywhere inside the house.

Acting on a tip, deputies located Trenn at a Jefferson Township home and he admitted that he and the three juveniles assaulted the victim and destroyed many things in the house.

Trenn was arrested and transported to the Ashtabula County Jail. A copy of the reports will be forwarded to the Ashtabula County Youth Detention Center for charges.

In response to this crime, Home Depot Store, Ashtabula Township, donated the wood to cover the windows, and the Dorset Fire Department volunteered the manpower to board up the windows and doorways Friday evening, according to reports.