The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

December 6, 2011

Teen suspected in assault will remain in county jail

DORSET TOWNSHIP —  The teen facing multiple charges of assaulting a 50-year-old Dorset man last weekend, will remain in the Ashtabula County Jail in lieu of bond, Eastern County Court records show.

Cody Trenn, 18, 2476 Route 193, Dorset Township, was arraigned on Thursday and charged with robbery, complicity, burglary, aggravated arson and vandalism. His bond was set at $75,000 10 percent cash surety.

Court records state Trenn appeared without legal counsel and was found indigent. A public defender will be appointed to him.

Trenn’s preliminary hearing has been set for 9:15 a.m. Monday in Judge Robert S. Wynn’s courtroom, records showed.

 The victim is still hospitalized, said Pastor Ed Pickard of the Dorset Baptist Church, who is organizing a house restoration fund for the victim.

Sheriff’s reports state 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 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 the smell 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 Juvenile Court for charges against the other teens.

Anyone wishing to help with the house restoration fund can mail a check to the Dorset Baptist Church, Box 81, Dorset 44032. “Please mark the donations ‘house restoration fund’ on the check memo line and on the outside of the envelope, and make the check payable to the church,” Pickard said. 

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