Stow Teen Charged with Attempted Murder in Craigslist Ad Investigation (Video)
The following information was supplied by Noble County Prosecutor Clifford Sickler and Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum. It does not indicate a conviction.
A 16-year-old former Stow-Munroe Falls High School student is in custody was charged with attempted murder and complicity to attempted murder today by authorities investigating a murder and shooting in Caldwell, Ohio.
The teen and a 52-year-old man from Akron are considered suspects in a Craigslist Ad case where two victims responded to a fake job ad.
The Akron man is being held in Summit County Jail for charges related to prostitution and his bond was set for $1 million, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Noble County Prosecutor Clifford Sickler and Sheriff Stephen Hannum gave the information on the 16-year-old's charges just before a gag order was issued by County Judge John Nau, preventing the release of any more information.
Superintendent Russ Jones said investigators came to the high school Nov. 16 to question the student. He also said the student will not be returning to the high school in the foreseeable future.
Special FBI Agent Michael Brooks told Stow Patch Nov. 17 that no one at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School or anyone in the Akron-Cleveland area is in danger during the ongoing investigation.
Patch generally does not name juveniles accused of crimes.
Press release about the incident from the sheriff's department:
Deputies in Noble County began investigating a possible robbery and shooting on Nov. 6. A South Carolina man told deputies he was lured to Marietta to meet with two men about an ad on Craigslist seeking a worker to help on a 688-acre cattle ranch.
After eating in Marietta, the victim and the two men drove to Caldwell and then to Stock Township.
At some point, the victim was told the road was closed and they would have to walk. As they moved through the heavily-wooded area, the victim said he heard a gun being cocked.
As he turned, he saw the gun pointed to his head. He managed to deflect the weapon and run. As he ran, he was shot in the arm. More shots followed. For the next seven hours, the man hid until he was able to reach a home and call for help.
On Nov. 11, a Boston woman called deputies about her missing twin brother. She believed her brother answered the same Craigslist ad. He had not been seen since Oct. 22 in Parkersburg, WV.
Based on the information, deputies returned to the area where the original shooting occurred. On Monday, they found evidence related to the initial shooting. The next day, using cadaver dogs, the body was found in a shallow grave.
"We believe the attempted murder of victim one and the likely murder of victim two are connected and possibly committed by the same person," said Hannum.