A 30-year-old Butler man who was arrested in connection with a Bellville home invasion last April is now scheduled to stand trial.
Christopher D. Lewis who was originally charged with one count of aggravated burglary now faces a series of felony charges stemming from the incident: one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; 14 counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony; two counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony and possession of drug instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Lewis is accused of stealing more than a dozen guns, including a Baretta 12-gauge shotgun and a German Mauser, two televisions and ammunition from a residence in the 1400 block of Rinehart Road on April 29. He is also accused of assaulting the resident at the home.
Richland County Sheriff’s Detectives with the assistance of the Richland County Division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force searched the residence where Lewis was arrested and found drug abuse instruments along with the stolen guns.
After the April 29 incident, the victim said he didn’t get a good look at the two men although they seemed fairly young. It was 5:15 a.m. and dark outside when the accused came to his house, assaulted him, bound him and robbed him of several firearms, ammunition and two TVs.
Lewis’ jury trial is scheduled to commence on Sept. 3.
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