Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announces that on June 14th the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and Scioto County Prosecutor presented a case to the Scioto County Grand Jury for the two men responsible for the home invasion that took place in Franklin Furnace on March 27th, 2019.
The Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Billy R. Brown II a 36-year-old resident of Lancaster, OH and George F. Blevins II a 35-year-old resident of Wheelersburg, OH. The indictments charged the two with Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault and (2) counts of Abduction.
Captain John W. Murphy says these charges stem from the home invasion that occurred at 226 Norwich Ave. in Franklin Furnace on March 27th, 2019. At the time, the victim, Norman Gene Crace age 84, was found to have suffered some severe injuries due to the altercation with the suspect during the robbery and was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center and later transferred to a Columbus area trauma center. He has since been released and is recovering.
Captain Murphy states that Billy R. Brown II was arrested on June 22nd in Lancaster, OH after being alerted to the warrant for his arrest by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office. He was then transported to the Scioto County Jail and has remained there since June 25th awaiting trial. George F. Blevins II was arrested in Las Vegas, NV the week of July 8th and booked in that facility under a fake name. The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office received information that Blevins was in custody under the alias and notified the authorities in Las Vegas who determined his correct identity and placed a hold on him for Scioto County. Blevins is currently in custody in Las Vegas pending extradition back to Scioto County to stand trial in this case.
Captain Murphy states this investigation was conducted with cooperation from multiple agencies and would like to thank Ohio BCI & I, Fairfield County Ohio Law Enforcement and the Las Vegas Metro Police.
Captain Murphy states that anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Det. Adam T. Giles at (740) 354-7316. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.