Robbery alleged motive in shooting

By BRIAN BOHNERT
FOR THE COURIER

FOSTORIA — Three teenagers, who broke into a Fostoria house last week and fatally shot a resident, had intended to steal money and illegal drugs from the house, according to records filed in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Janelle Mauricio, 20, died from her injuries after she was shot in the leg with a 9 mm handgun, Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Wednesday.

Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Caleb Barto, was assaulted by the intruders, police said.

Loreno said the investigation into the burglary-turned-homicide at 218 E. Culbertson St. is ongoing.

Garrett N. Brown, 17, Tyson J. Ogg, 18, and Dallas A. Salaz, 19, were arrested by Fostoria police last Thursday afternoon after an investigation linked the trio to the crime.

The initial 911 call came via cellphone at 11:26 p.m. on May 21. 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 reportedly came from, police learned that ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital was treating a female with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Mauricio died at the hospital.

Barto was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, which Loreno said were not from gunshots.

According to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records, Brown allegedly shot Mauricio with a 9 mm handgun, and Salaz allegedly struck Barto “with great force” in the right shoulder and back area, leaving welts and abrasions on his body.

Ogg allegedly served as the getaway driver, court records state.

The incident was part of a plan created by Ogg, Salaz and Brown to enter the residence and steal money and illegal drugs from the victims, according to a court document obtained Wednesday.

In an interview Wednesday, Chief Loreno said Mauricio’s death was caused by a single gunshot wound to the leg after the bullet “traveled and tumbled” in a way that hit vital organs.

“Because of the trajectory of the bullet, it did enter into vital areas and cause death,” he said. “That just goes to show you the dangers of using a weapon in the commission of any crime. When you use a gun in the commission of a crime, regardless of the intent, this proves that a single gunshot can be a fatal shot.”

Loreno said a Lucas County coroner’s report on the death was not complete Wednesday.

Mauricio was a 2011 graduate of Fostoria High School, and Barto graduated in 2013. The two lived at the East Culbertson Street residence.

Ogg and Brown are facing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Salaz has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Brown, a juvenile, went before Judge Jay Meyer of the Seneca County Juvenile Court for an initial hearing last Friday. He is being held at the Seneca County Youth Center. A juvenile court representative said it is very likely Brown will be bound over to Seneca County Common Pleas Court and tried as an adult.

Ogg and Salaz were arraigned on their charges in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court last Thursday. Judge Mark Repp set bond for each suspect at $1.5 million. The two are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings today.

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