December 21, 2014

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Man pleads guilty in home invasion

Dallas Meinhold

Dallas Meinhold

ELYRIA — One of two men allegedly involved in a Lorain home invasion last year has pleaded guilty to kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges.

In exchange for his plea, 26-year-old Dallas Meinhold will receive three years in prison when he appears for a sentencing hearing later this year.

Meinhold and Glenn Wamsley, who is still awaiting trial, are accused of forcing their way into the west Lorain home of Derek Brown on Jan. 16, 2013, as part of a robbery.

When Brown’s girlfriend, Eleea Dittmer, answered the door, Wamsley allegedly told her he was a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Wamsley then forced his way into the house, followed by a masked man later identified as Meinhold, who shot her in the face with pepper spray.

Wamsley bound Dittmer and dragged her upstairs while Meinhold confronted Brown. Dittmer told police she spent about 20 minutes on the floor listening to the two robbers before she used her home phone to call police.

When Lorain police Office Craig Payne arrived, he caught Wamsley outside with a medium-sized safe and threatened to release a police dog when he wouldn’t surrender.

Payne had to chase Meinhold inside the house and again had to threaten to release his police dog if Meinhold didn’t give up.

A beaten Brown was found unconscious on the kitchen floor and a search of the house turned up about 12 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun, two rifles and five handguns.