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September 19, 2013

Two charged with burglary, assault

One additionally charged with drug possession

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.

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