Man indicted in Liberty assault

WARREN – A Youngstown man was indicted Tuesday by a Trumbull County grand jury on multiple felony charges after he and another man were accused of holding a couple at gunpoint and robbing them in May at a Liberty Township apartment.

Marquaias T. Thomas, 23, 441 Breaden St., was charged with two counts aggravated robbery, two counts kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault, all with firearm specifications.

The charges carry a maximum potential sentence of 78 years in prison if Thomas is found guilty.

According to a police report, two men accompanied another man into his Trumbull Court apartment in the early morning hours of May 9 and pulled guns on the two residents, forcing them to the floor where they were bound and gagged with electrical cord and a black sock.

Police said the two then ransacked the home and stole the victims’ wallets, which contained bank cards and licenses. The report added that some cash was taken from a cooler hidden inside a spare bedroom closet.

Before fleeing the apartment, police said the men threw both of the victims’ cell phones into a toilet bowl tank.

The grand jury returned no indictments against Thomas on two counts of aggravated menacing.

Thomas, who was arrested in August, is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond at the Trumbull County Jail, records show. The case has been assigned to Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.

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