HARMONY TWP., Clark County — Three teenagers – ages 14, 15 and 16 -- are in custody on charges that include rape, burglary, theft and more stemming from an incident that began with the report of a stolen vehicle and ended after a high-speed pursuit on I-70 in Clark County early Thursday morning.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office described the incidents this way:
The sheriff’s office received a phone call just after 5 a.m. about a stolen vehicle from the 2100 block of Troy Road. The person reporting the theft said the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left in it overnight.
Roughly three hours later, the person who reported the stolen vehicle called the sheriff’s office to say he was following his vehicle south on U.S. 68 toward I-70. The stolen vehicle continued onto I-70 East.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 12 and sheriff’s deputies intercepted the vehicle on I-70 at state Route 41. When the trooper and deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle fled east on I-70 at speeds reaching 100 mph. The stolen vehicle exited onto East state Route 40, pulled into the entrance of Beaver Valley and three suspects got out and ran. They were taken into custody after a short chase.
Deputies searched the stolen vehicle and found several articles matching the description of a recent aggravated robbery in Springfield. All of the items were seized and the three suspects were taken to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office contacted the Springfield Police Investigations Division, whose detectives interviewed the three abut a recent home invasion that included a sexual assault. Once the interviews were concluded and with evidence from the stolen vehicle, police filed aggravated burglary and rape charges against a 14-year-old male, and an aggravated burglary charge against a 16-year-old girl.
The sheriff’s office filed felony charges against the 14-year-old for motor vehicle theft, fleeing and carrying a concealed weapon; the sheriff’s office charged the 16-year-old with felony motor vehicle theft and a 15-year-old girl with felony receiving stolen property.
All three are being detained in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
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