Bizarre Greene Twp. kidnapping case results in several arrests

Police said a man was forcibly removed from a home in Greene Township by former roommates

A group of men broke into a home in Greene Township and took a 20-year-old man at gunpoint, according to 911 dispatch reports.
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GREENE TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – In a bizarre kidnapping case in Trumbull County, police said a man was forcibly removed from a home in Greene Township by former roommates.

A total of seven people were arrested, five of which are facing charges in connection to that abduction. Four of those suspects are teenagers.

Investigators are now trying to determine how it all happened.

About 1:45 a.m. Friday, 21-year-old Costa Trice is accused of barging into a house on Durst Colebrook Road. He was with four teenagers who forcibly took a 20-year-old man from the home, according to police.

Costa Trice, charged with aggravated burglary and kidnapping in Greene Twp.
Costa Trice

“I have four kids that just broke in my front door and started fist-fighting somebody that was here in my living room. They took one kid out of my house and the other one is standing in my living room bleeding. There’s blood all across my floor. They yanked the one kid up that was sleeping,” a caller told a 911 dispatcher.

Calls to 911 indicate the victim knew at least one of the suspects since the caller said they had lived together in Warren.

Trumbull County Sheriff’s Major Jeff Palmer said there were initial indications that the victim owed money to one of the suspects.

“We’re still looking into that,” he said.

A Bazetta police officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle traveling fast on North Park Avenue. Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers then found the Jeep about 2:15 a.m. parked off of N. Park Ave. in Champion.

The suspects and the victim were inside.

Police say while searching the vehicle, they found a BB gun and almost $200 in cash.

Charges are pending against the teenage suspects in this case.

There were seven people, including the victim, staying at the home in Greene Township on Thursday night.

Two of them — Brad Bertuzzi and Jennifer Misel — were also arrested during the investigation on outstanding warrants.

Bertuzzi was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on methamphetamine trafficking charges, according to court records. Misel had a capias warrant.

 

Greene Township money and gun seized during kidnapping investigation
Money and a BB gun were seized during an investigation into a kidnapping in Greene Township.

 

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