MIAMI COUNTY — Ryan Sheppard rolled up the hem of his orange prison jumpsuit to show the jury the large scar on his chest left by a masked assailants armed with a gun and a box cutter after a break-in at his Piqua apartment nearly three years ago.
Sheppard shared his account and testimony on the second day of a jury trial for Michael Cable, 28, of Troy, who was indicted and charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in the incident. Sheppard was also struck on the head with a gun. He received approximately 100 stitches from the deep chest wound.
“He sliced it toward me twice and the third time he connect,” Sheppard said. Sheppard said the assailants demanded money, phones and drugs. According to Sheppard, the robbers fled with a baggie of heroin caps and a cell phone from his roommate’s client. Sheppard said he first thought police officers were raiding his home before he was accosted by the robbers.
DNA evidence left behind in Sheppard’s room indicated one of the suspects was Michael Cable in a national criminal database. A finger print analyst and DNA expert also testified in court on Thursday.
Cable is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on theft and drug-related charges from a separate, unrelated case.
The home invasion and robbery took place on the 900 block of South Street in Piqua 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.
In Wednesday’s opening statements, Matthew Barbato, Cable’s defense attorney, said his client is not guilty due to careless evidence collection by police officers. Barbato also said the description of the alleged attacker does not match Cable’s build or weight. Cable also has an alibi that he was at his father’s home the evening of the incident, which Barbato said will come to light during the trial.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker said DNA evidence from duct tape on the hands and fingers of one of the alleged assailants matched Cable’s in a national criminal database. Four pieces of duct tape were recovered at the scene. The witnesses stated the alleged assailants had masks, bandanas and duct tape on their hands at the time of the burglary.
Sheppard suffered a laceration that cut through two layers of skin on his chest and also suffered a cut on the back of his head from a pistol type of weapon.
On Wednesday MacKenzie Leonard, 25, of Troy, was a roommate of the victim and was in her bedroom at the time of the break-in. Leonard was working as a prostitute for money at time of the incident. She and her client, Ron, were ordered into Sheppard’s room. Leonard said she saw someone attacking Sheppard on the bedroom floor before they fled. Leonard is currently serving a prison sentence on drug charges. Leonard said she knew Cable through an acquaintance, but confirmed Cable had never been to her apartment prior to the incident.
The jury trial is scheduled to continue through Friday.