Register Staff Report
RICHMOND — William J. Combs, 21, of Ballard Drive, and Sammy J. Ratliff, 21, of Daisy Road in Berea, were both charged Wednesday with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault after unlawfully entering a residence and attacking a man inside, according to a Richmond Police news release.
Officers responded Sept. 12 about 11:47 p.m. to a residence in the 500 block of Ballard Drive to investigate a disturbance. There they met with a 64-year-old male resident who told them he responded to a knock at the door and encountered five men armed with sticks.
The men forced their way into the residence and began assaulting a younger man who was also there, the release stated. A third resident who heard the commotion came to his defense, and the five intruders left the residence and fled in a waiting vehicle.
The elderly man was uninjured, according to the police report, but he two other residents suffered minor injuries. However, they did not require medical attention.
Police later identified Combs and Ratliff as suspects in the incident, and warrants were issued Wednesday for their arrest. Later that day, bike patrol officers encountered them on Ballard Drive and took them into custoday without incident.
While searching Ratliff, the officers said they found four small baggies of methamphetamine. He was then additionally charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, the release stated.
Officers also discovered another warrant for Ratliff's arrest on a parole violation charge in connection with a 2011 conviction.
According to the release, Ratliff was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant Sept. 12 but was released later that day.
Both Combs and Ratliff were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where they remained Thursday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.
Biting bandit charged with robbery
Police on Thursday charged Thomas E. Simmons, 47, of East Irvine Street, with first-degree robbery and possession of marijuana in connection with a robbery that occurred in August.
According to the release, on Aug. 15 about 2:45 a.m. a complainant reported to police she had been robbed after stopping at the Redi Mart on Big Hill Avenue after getting off work. Seeing the store was closed, the complainant returned to her vehicle, where she was approached by a male subject. The male offered to direct her to another store, and when she declined he asked for a ride to Keri Ann Drive, which she agreed to, the release stated.
Upon arriving at Keri Ann Drive, the man asked for a small amount of money. When the woman refused to give him any money, he grabbed her purse. During the ensuing struggle, the man bit the complainant on the right shoulder and took her purse, fleeing the scene. The woman then drove home and called the police, the release stated.
In addition to the bite, the woman suffered a cut to a finger and scratches on her abdomen during the struggle. The report stated her stolen purse contained $200 cash.
Officers identified Simmons as a suspect, and he was located at a residence in the 700 block of Cimarron Road and taken into custody without incident, the release stated. While searching Simmons, officers found a baggie of marijuana.
Simmons was lodged in the detention center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to the jail’s online database.
A resident in the 200 block of Keystone Drive reported Thursday her apartment had been broken into during the previous day and a number of items were stolen. Entry was gained through a bedroom window. Items missing: an unknown brand carpet shampoo cleaner, an unknown brand DVD player and a Men in Black II DVD. Estimated loss: $330.
A complainant reported Monday that the hood of a maroon 1968 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS had been stolen during the morning hours. The hood was described as a maroon JEGS hood with reverse scoop. Estimated loss: $500.