By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Three teenagers wanted in connection with a Wednesday night burglary-turned-homicide were taken into custody Thursday, less than 24 hours after a manhunt began.
Garrett N. Brown, 17, Tyson J. Ogg, 18, and Dallas A. Salaz, 19, were arrested by Fostoria police Thursday afternoon after an investigation linked the trio to a burglary/shooting at 218 E. Culbertson St.
According to Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno, Caleb Barto, 19, and Janelle Mauricio, 20, were assaulted at the Culbertson Street address.
Mauricio, who was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital by a private vehicle, died as a result of gunshot wounds, police said.
Mauricio’s body was taken by the Hancock County coroner to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy, Loreno said.
Barto was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, which Loreno said were not from gunshots.
Mauricio was a 2011 graduate of Fostoria High School. Barto graduated in 2013. The two lived at the East Culbertson Street residence together.
Ogg and Brown are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault, Loreno said. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
The police chief said Ogg and Salaz will likely appear for an arraignment in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court before being transferred to Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Brown, legally a minor, will appear in Seneca County Juvenile Court.
Mauricio’s father, Freddie Mauricio, posted on his Facebook page Thursday: “Oooh … how I’m gonna miss her Great Smile, Laughter, Silliness, Big Warm Hugs and Especially Love!! Love You Mija … words can’t ease the PAIN your Mom, Monika, Mijo and I are going thru!!”
Brown, whose last known address was in Findlay, is listed as a Clyde native, according to the Clyde Police Department’s Facebook Page.
Ogg is listed as being a “transient” on the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court website. His Facebook page says he lives in Fostoria and is from Findlay. He graduated from Fostoria High School in 2013 after attending St. Wendelin for most of his high school education.
The documented address for Salaz is 1416 N. Township Road 21. His Facebook page says he went to Fostoria High School and lives in the city.
Chief Loreno said Thursday the initial 911 call came via cellphone at 11:26 p.m. Wednesday. The caller reported a break-in and the shooting of his girlfriend. While officers were investigating the 200 block of East Culbertson Street, where the call came from, police received a call from the hospital’s emergency room stating that a female was there with a gunshot wound to the leg.
As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Loreno said the murder scene had been processed and all evidence had been collected, including the handgun used in the homicide.
Information obtained during Thursday’s police investigation determined that the suspects knew the victims and that the attack on the couple was not a random act of violence, he said.
Loreno said officers had to obtain several search warrants for various addresses in order to locate the suspects. He said at least one of the suspects “was not cooperative” when found by police.
Fostoria Detectives Shilo Frankart and Gabe Wedge spearheaded the investigation. Loreno said the Fostoria Police Department was assisted by numerous agencies, including the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and the State Highway Patrol.