The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a home invasion in Washington Township Friday, July 23 that resulted in the arrest of Mike Atkins, 19, of Felicity and Zach Horn, 18, of Moscow.
At about 4 p.m. Friday, July 23 Clermont County’s Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call indicating that a home invasion had taken place involving two white males with handguns stealing cash, several baggies of marijuana, and cell phones. CCSO Deputies arrived at the scene at 4:11 p.m.
According to Owens, he recognized one of the men and got into a physical altercation before getting pistol whipped. The two males placed the marijuana and the other items they stole into a camo type book bag and fled the home.
Owens received minor injury and refused any treatment.
Information was placed out on possible suspect and a vehicle was stopped by a Felicity Police officer. The officer was familiar with suspect and the people he associates with. In the vehicle were Atkins and Horn. The vehicle was operated by Atkins' girlfriend Megan Reeves. Reeves provided consent to search her vehicle and the two men had in their possession a camo bookbag that contained several small baggies of marijuana, two knit caps, two pairs of gloves two long sleeved shirts and two bandannas matching description provided by Owens and Reinhart.
Further investigation resulted in Horn admitting to committing the robbery with Atkins in order to steal Owens' marijuana and that an airsoft pistol was used.
Atkins provided a different story stating that he paid Owens $250 for marijuana earlier in the day and then responded to his home to collect his marijuana and got into a physical altercation with Owens before taking the marijuana for which he paid for. Atkins further stated that he had no idea what was in the backpack other than the marijuana and did not know about the gun until he observed it in the backpack after his girlfriend picked him and Horn up. After seeing many deputy sheriff's cars in the area he threw the gun out the window.
After a canine search and a search around the suspected area where the gun was allegedly thrown no additional items were recovered.
Both Atkins and Horn were indicted on charges of three counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault, and one felonious assault on Wednesday, July 28.
Megan Reeves was not charged with any offense. The investigation is continuing.