Elderly man attacked, robbed in home invasion

JEWETT – Jewett Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office are seeking three individuals after a violent home invasion took place in Jewett at 101 Wheeling and Lake Erie St. on Tuesday. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a 71-year-old man opened his door to a woman he knew and two of her friends, one male and one female.

Two of the suspects have been identified by officials. They are 19-year-old Autumn R. Stabile and 31-year-old Bryan K. Nicosia, both of Steubenville. The third suspect’s name is being withheld.

According to Jewett Police Officer Todd Walker, who responded to the scene, the victim was walking toward his refrigerator to offer the suspects a drink when the male suspect attacked him from behind.

“The male grabbed him around the neck. He started beating on him and threw him to the ground,” Walker said. “The male duct-taped him to a chair by his arms, legs and neck and also tied him with a cord he had cut off a fan in his home.”

The man was left locked in the bathroom while the three suspects ransacked his home and obtained a key for a safe. They stole approximately $4,000 in cash and gold coins.

When the man regained consciousness, he managed to crawl out and then walk to a neighbor’s home and call for help. He was taken to a hospital, and suffered lacerations on his torso, multiple facial fractures, a broken nose and possible internal injuries.

He was released from the hospital and is “doing okay,” according to Walker. He will need to see a specialist and undergo further treatment.

“Why they beat a 71-year-old man I’ll never know,” he added. “There was no reason for that.”

The man was retired and lived alone, facts that Walker says the suspect acquainted with the victim knew. The attack was not random, but extra patrols are currently working in Jewett.

“I’m pretty sure it was all planned,” Walker explained. “She was there at one point earlier and knew the surroundings. I believe she had cased his house and used him for that and brought people back to accomplish their robbery.”

The three suspects, all described as white, may be in the Jefferson County area, and warrants are out for their arrests. Walker says they will face charges of aggravated robbery and felony assault, at the least. Anyone with information is urged to call Jewett Police at (740) 946-1471 or the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 942-2197.

Warner may be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com.