Man confronts burglar – knocks him out

By Frank Lewis

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The Portsmouth Police have made an arrest in a burglary that occurred overnight on 17th Street in Portsmouth. Graham Hiles, 18, of 2317 F 17th Street, Portsmouth was to be arraigned on a charge of felony-2 burglary in Portsmouth Municipal Court.

According to Operations Captain Lynn Brewer, at about 1:40 Thursday morning officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at 2317 Apt. L 17th Street. Upon officers arrival they said they encountered three people outside the residence who told them “you better get in there because that guy might be dead.”

Officers entered the residence and found an unconscious male subject lying on the floor bleeding from numerous cuts and bruises on his face. That man was identified as Hiles.

The residents of the apartment, Anthony Kozee and Taylor Malone told officers they arrived at their apartment to find the male subject inside. Kozee said he confronted the subject and when Hiles tried to run past him Kozee grabbed him. The two men reportedly fell to the floor and Kozee struck Hiles until he became unconscious.

Hiles was placed in custody and transported by Portsmouth Ambulance to Southern Ohio Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Kozee and Malone told officers that there were several items missing from their apartment. Officers said they were given consent by Hiles’ mother to search her residence for the stolen property and some of it was recovered in the apartment. Officers said other items identified as belonging to Kozee and Malone was removed from Hiles possession at the hospital.

Hiles was released from the hospital early Thursday morning and transported to the Scioto County Jail. Felony-2 burglary carries a penalty of up to 8 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

The case will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date where additional charges could be filed.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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