Local deacon praying after armed robbery at his home
Police searched for the teen who slipped away for about 45 minutes until he was tracked by K9 to an apartment building (FOX19/Adam Schrand)
Elijah Davis was arrested in connection with the burglary (PHOTO: Hamilton County jail)
20-year-old Adrian Soloman was arrested for misconduct during an emergency (PHOTO: Hamilton County jail)
BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) -
A family robbed by two teens Monday is now saying they are just glad no one was injured during the incident.
John Gerke, a local deacon, and his wife Colleen were awoken early in the morning to two boys robbing their home. One of the boys was armed with a handgun.
Police found the two teen suspects shortly after the robbery and attempted to arrest them. One teen, identified as 18-year-old Elijah Davis, was taken into police custody. The other, a 15-year-old, took off after he was handcuffed. About 45 minutes later, he was found and arrested.
Most of the stolen items were recovered in the area.
Davis was armed with a 9 mm handgun on him during the arrest. He was charged with felony burglary, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and carrying a concealed weapon and was taken to Hamilton County jail.
The juvenile suspect was charged with felony burglary, vandalism, resisting arrest, escape and carrying a concealed weapon for a knife he was carrying. He was taken to a juvenile detention center.
A third suspect, Adrian Soloman, 20, was arrested as an accomplice and charged with misconduct in an emergency.
The family sent out a statement to local media Tuesday. It read: "We, and our family are deeply grateful to the officers of both the St. Bernard and Cincinnati Police Departments for risking their lives to recover our valuables, but more importantly, to keep our family and the families of many other, safe. We ask that God bless them in their work and protect them from all harm."
John Gerke is a Catholic deacon at Holy Family Church in East Price Hill. Colleen Gerke is the Director of Family and Respect Life office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
They say all items were returned except for one of two pyxes they use to bring Holy Eucharist to those who are sick or homebound.