Bonds of $300K, $250K set for 3 charged in ‘brutal’ Oxford rape case

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 4:55 PM


            From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Eliljah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II
From left: Roger Richard Michael Simpson; Eliljah Lee Mincy; and Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II

Three men charged with dozens of crimes were arraigned Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for an alleged February sexual assault in Oxford.

“This is a very brutal rape case,” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said. “One of the worst this office has seen.”

The allegations involve a single victim, a 19-year-old woman who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12. The assault occurred in an off-campus apartment complex at 3770 Southpointe Parkway, Oxford Police Chief John Jones said.

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Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, of Cincinnati, is charged with 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping. Judge Michael Oster set his bond at $300,000 and ordered that he be confined to electronic home monitoring if released on bond.

EliljahLee Mincy, 21, of North Campus Avenue, Oxford, is also charged with 23 felony crimes, including three counts of rape, complicity to rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. Bond was set at $250,000, and it was ordered that he be confined to electronic home monitoring if released on bond.

Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, of Cincinnati is charged with 26 crimes, including two counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. Judge Oster also set bond at $250,000 and ordered that he be confided to electronic home monitoring if released on bond.

According to Carole Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Miami University, Simpson, Mincy and Gibson are not currently Miami students.

During the arraignment hearing, Gibson’s attorney said he was a student in kinesiology at Miami.

Police were called to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital during the early morning hours of Feb. 12 to investigate a reported sexual assault, according to the chief.

The victim was intoxicated at a party at a residence at the apartment complex and became separated from her friends, according to police.

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The men are accused of luring the teen to another residence and sexually assaulting her, Jones said.

When the teen’s friends went to the residence, they were told she was not there, according to police. The men are accused of pushing the teen back into a bedroom when she tried to leave as she went in and out of consciousness.

“During the assault the female’s friends came to the apartment looking for her but were turned away, saying she was not present. The female was forced to answer text messages saying she was okay as the suspects were concerned police would be called,” Jones said in a press release. “The female made attempts to leave but was forced back into the bedroom.”

The teen was then driven to a bar, where her friends learned what happened, Jones said.

Jones said the case was presented directly to a grand jury after a lengthy investigation which included search warrants, interviews, and forensic analysis.

The 72-count indictment was handed down by a grand jury on June 14, but it was sealed until the suspects were arrested, according to Gmoser.

U.S. marshal killed, officer wounded while serving warrant in Pennsylvania

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)
Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)

A deputy U.S. marshal was killed and a police officer was injured Thursday morning when authorities said they were shot while serving a search warrant, according to multiple reports.

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PennLive.com reported that a deputy U.S. marshal was killed in the shooting, which happened around 6:30 a.m. in Harrisburg.

Montgomery County to launch mental health court docket today

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:55 AM


            Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is adding a mental health court docket.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will inaugurate the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s mental health docket today.

The specialty docket will be the fourth such individualized effort, joining the county’s drug treatment, veterans’ and women’s treatment court.

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O’Connor, the state’s first woman chief justice, will deliver the keynote address inaugurating the docket in the courtroom of Judge Gregory Singer.

Neighbors of parents accused of holding 13 kids captive describe family as odd, reclusive

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

Neighbors described the reportedly nightmarish situation at the Turpin home, where parents David and Louise allegedly kept their 13 children shackled to their beds and malnourished, as seeming like a “cult.”

Former neighbors said the children were made to march around for hours in the middle of the night, they told the New York Post.

A man named Mike, who did not want to give his full name and was a neighbor of the Turpins when they lived in Murrieta, California, told the Post, “I thought they were like a cult. They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth.”

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Mike said he would arrive home late from his job at a hospital and see the children marching through the upstairs rooms of the Turpin home between midnight and 3 a.m.

David and Louis Turpin were arrested Sunday in their Perris, California, home after one of their daughters called police for help, saying she had managed to escape the house with a cellphone. When police arrived, they reportedly found the siblings, ages 2 to 29, living in squalor and looking very thin, with several of the kids shackled to furniture.

Mike said his wife, Myrna, called the family “clones,” saying the Turpins all spoke “robotically, in a monotone and at the same” time during the few occasions on which Myrna interacted with them at a local grocer.

However, Mike told the Post that he and Myrna never called the police because they didn’t see anything that suggested they needed to. They just thought the parents were a bit odd.

Mike, as well former neighbors from when the Turpins owned a farm in Rio Vista, Texas — which the family left due to foreclosure — remarked on the amount of trash that the family accumulated.

“I ended up calling the police because of the trash and everything that was left there,” said former Texas neighbor Randy McClain. “There was a brand new pickup truck covered in [trash] — a whole truck bed full and overflowing to the ground with trash: diapers, Spam cans, potted meat cans, just overflowing.”

The Daily Mail got access to the Turpin’s Perris backyard and found a Disney-themed fountain situated in a messy yard in which “piles of metal pipes could be seen strewn around, along with a rusty set of metal garden furniture and some diaper boxes.”

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Through the screen door, the Daily Mail spied piles of clutter, including what appear to be stacked books, within the house.

Neighbor Leticia Gomez, 45, who lives directly behind the Turpin home, told the Daily Mail that she wasn’t aware there were any kids in the house. She described the Turpins’ garden as unkempt and “scruffy.”

Another neighbor, Andria Valdez, said she did know there were children living in the home and that she had seen them before. She joked that the Turpins reminded her of the vampire family in the “Twilight” books and movies, because they were “really, really pale” and “only came out at night.”

Report of person down prompts police investigation in Trotwood

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:36 AM

Police respond to report of 'person down' in Trotwood

Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a person down in Trotwood early Thursday.

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Officers were dispatched to the area of Free Pike and Hermosa Drive around 2 a.m. 

As of 4 a.m., police remain on scene.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.