Man indicted for attack with a pencil


A man could be facing nearly two decades in prison after allegedly breaking into a Marysville home and attacking the resident with a pencil.
Andrew Joseph Israel, 41, of Bucyrus, is being held in Tri-County Regional Jail. The Union County Grand Jury has charged him with one count each of aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
According to court documents, about 5:20 a.m., Sept. 26, the victim woke to his alarm clock at his home in the 30,800 block of state Route 37 in Richwood.
As the man woke, he saw a man walk into his bedroom.
The victim said he initially thought the man was a coworker who was scheduled to take him to work.
According to court documents, the alleged intruder then began trying to hit him and “stab at him with an object.”
The victim told law enforcement officials that he believed the man had a knife. Investigators did not find a knife and later determined the object was actually a pencil.
According to court documents, the victim, “fought back and the man ran down the stairs and left the residence.”
Later, as he was preparing to go to work, the victim noticed the man was still outside his home, walking around in his yard.
“By the time he got downstairs, the man was back inside his house,” according to court documents.
At some point, Israel apparently took time to brush his teeth at the home.
The victim, along with the co-worker who by that time had arrived, subdued the man in the home’s kitchen and held him until police could arrive.
Even after police arrived, the victim said he does not know the man. The man told investigators that he was traveling through the area and his car broke down nearby. Investigators said Israel did smell like alcohol.
Court documents indicate the victim had cuts on his face and leg as a result of the altercation.
If convicted, Israel could face as many as 18 years in prison.
His bond has been set at $150,000.
Also indicted was:
-Anthony W. Nelson, 47, of Xenia. Nelson is charged with one count of tampering with evidence stemming from a Nov. 3, 2017 incident. If convicted, Nelson could face as many as five years in prison.
-Codefendants Brain Andrew Reed, of Marion, and Lacey Briann Cox.
Reed, whose age is unknown, is charged with three counts of burglary and one count of identity fraud.
Cox, 29, whose court-listed address is the Tri-County Regional Jail, is charged with three counts of complicity in the commission of an offense and one count each of receiving stolen property and identity fraud.
Cox was a Honda employee. According to court documents, on at least eight occasions between Sept. 16 and Sept. 29, Cox allegedly scanned her identification badge and gave it to Reed who allegedly used the badge to also get into the plant. He allegedly stole tools as well as parts used to make the cars, valued at more than $7,500.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the defendants were “attempting to sell” the tools and car parts.
If convicted on all counts, Reed could face as many as 29 years in prison. Cox, if convicted, could face more than 30 years in prison.

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