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Agents with the state Bureau of the Criminal Identification and Investigation along with the FBI and Niles Police at about 12:30 p.m. Friday raided a home at 832 Mason Street looking for child pornography.
Boxes of evidence and computers were taken from the home and two men were taken in for questioning.
“In any case like this when there is more than one person in the home, everyone is a suspect,” said Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gabe Wildman. “I’m sure law enforcement is treating them all as potential suspects at this time.”
A neighbor said one of the men taken out of the home told children in the neighborhood he was Santa Clause. The white-bearded man was led away in handcuffs, shirtless and wearing red pants.
Candace Perez stays at a house nearby and said she is worried for her four children and others in the neighborhood.
“I think it’s disgusting. I mean he calls himself Santa Claus. What kid don’t like Santa Clause, and he looks like Santa Clause,” Perez said.
Police are not releasing the names of the two men in custody and no one has been charged in the case. Computers were seized and charges will likely be filed after forensic analysts search the computers.
One officer at the scene was bit by a dog and another was cut while breaking a glass door.