2 indicted in Miami Co. home invasion appear in court

Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 11:31 PM


            Keason A. Twitty
Keason A. Twitty

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m. (Nov. 18):

Two men indicted by a Miami County grand jury in a Sept. 29 home invasion in southwest Miami County in which one intruder was shot pleaded not guilty to felony indictments Wednesday, Nov. 15, in county Common Pleas Court.

Corey L. Dixon, 18, of Englewood, and James E. Benton, 23, whose address is listed as at large, face felony charges of aggravated burglary with a firearms specification, conspiracy to aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Bail for both men was set at $150,000.

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They are among five men indicted in the home invasion that sheriff’s office investigators said was narcotics-related.

One of the men, Keason A. Twitty, 25, was shot during the incident at a North Montgomery County Line Road residence. He and two others were indicted, but have not been arraigned.

Investigators said the men charged the front door of the residence. Once inside, shots were fired by both the homeowner and intruders, they said.

UPDATE @ 1:26 p.m. (Oct 4):

Two more suspects have been named in connection to the Union Township home invasion last week that ended with a shooting.

James E. Benton, 23, of Clayton, and Eric Santos, 21, of Dayton are both wanted for aggravated burglary, according to deputies.

Detectives have also learned that there was a fifth suspect who was driving the getaway vehicle and deputies are working on releasing his identity.

Additional charges are possible after the sheriff’s office consults with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT (Oct. 3):

A 24-year-old Dayton man was shot in the abdomen and leg during what investigators are calling a narcotics-related home invasion Sept. 29 in rural Miami County.

Three other intruders with the 24-year-old are being sought by sheriff’s detectives.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office said the 24-year-old shot has been identified as Keason A. Twitty, according to a release. He remains in the hospital but an arrest warrant for aggravated burglary has been filed.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Corey L. Dixon, 18, of Englewood, for aggravated burglary. He remains at large.

The names of two other suspects are known by deputies but charges have yet to be filed.

The intruders can be seen on a surveillance video at the North Montgomery County Line Road residence, charging toward the front door.

Once inside, shots were fired by both the homeowner and the intruders, according to the homeowner’s call to 9-1-1 and Chief Deputy David Duchak. Who shot first and how many shots were fired had not been determined.

Duchak emphasized investigators do not see the home invasion as random.

“We believe it was a targeted invasion that was narcotics-related,” he said.

Duchak said it had not been determined whether the intruders and the homeowner knew each other.

The intruder shot was taken to the hospital by CareFlight and underwent surgeries. He was expected to survive, said Duchak, who declined to provide the injured man’s name.

“They kicked in my door and shot at me,” the homeowner told a dispatcher at the Miami County Communication Center shortly after 11 p.m.

While talking to the dispatcher, the homeowner asked questions of the injured man as he was lying in a ditch near the road. The injured man had fled the home and was found by the homeowner and a neighbor after the three other intruders had fled by car.

“Was it worth it?” the homeowner could be heard on the 9-1-1 recording asking the injured man.

Nothing was taken from the home.

The intruders face charges that could include felonious assault, aggravated robbery and possibly attempted murder, Duchak said. Investigators were consulting with prosecutors.

The circumstances of the shooting and the homeowner still were being explored.

“Based on preliminary evidence, we do believe he was acting self-defense,” Duchak said of the homeowner.