MIAMI COUNTY — Piqua resident Michael A. Cable, 26, underwent a preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon for charges he is facing in connection with a home invasion that took place back in October 2014.
The home invasion and robbery reportedly took place on the 900 block of South Street on Oct. 28, 2014. According to Piqua police reports, a call came in that two people had forcefully entered a home and were armed with a gun and a box cutter.
“Someone kicked in my door, attempted to rob me, and cut me across my chest,” Ryan Sheppard of Piqua, the alleged victim, said during the preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon. Sheppard stated that there were two masked people that broke into the residence.
Sheppard explained that he was lying in his bed when he heard a loud noises in his apartment. Sheppard stated that his door had been kicked in and that he wrestled with one of the intruders.
“He hit me in the back of the head with a pistol,” Sheppard said. It was after that incident that one of the intruders allegedly used a box cutter to cut him across his chest. He suffered a laceration that cut through two layers of skin on his chest. He stated he received approximately 100 stitches. Sheppard also stated that he suffered a cut on the back of his head from the pistol.
A female was also reportedly residing at the residence during this time. She was not at the preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon, but Sheppard that “she was crying and she was holding her hand” during the incident. The female had allegedly been hit in the hand with a pistol.
Sheppard did not positively identify Cable as his assailant. Sheppard also reportedly stated that he “did not recall” seeing distinctive tattoos on the intruders’ bodies, while Cable has numerous tattoos on his arms and fingers. Sheppard did state that the assailants were wearing masks, long sleeves, and duct tape around their fingers. Sheppard explained that he did not see any exposed skin, but he did see the assailant’s eyes.
Detective Jeremy Webber with the Piqua Police Department took the stand as well on Wednesday afternoon.
“We found there were lots of little blood droplets,” Webber said about when he arrived on scene approximately six hours after the alleged incident. “We also found a couple duct tape fingertip items.” Webber said that the duct tape items were found “in the general area where they assault took place.”
Webber stated that he found two of these “duct tape fingertip items” and other officers found two as well. Webber stated that the Piqua Police Department sent that evidence to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab. A DNA profile recovered from one of the duct tape items reportedly matched Cable through the national database.
After Webber received that report about the DNA match, Cable was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery, first-degree aggravated burglary, and second-degree felonious assault.
Cable’s attorney Jennifer Delaplane stated during closing arguments that Cable is not familiar with Sheppard, the victim who testified, but he is an acquaintance of the female resident. Delaplane also stated that Cable denies any culpability.
Miami Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Gutmann stated that the court was “shocked” by the violence of this incident.
Cable is expected to be bound over for grand jury. Cable is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $45,000 bond.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
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