October 25, 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.


  • Zen Grouch

    Three years for kidnapping, home invasion, and on and on?!

    Somethin’ ain’t right, Bubba.

    Or maybe, it’s cuz the dude looks like a harmless Ewok…

    • Christine Nightwolf

      And we can see how gorgeous you are Zen…. An Ewok has you beat hands down!

      • Zen Grouch

        My point exactly!

        They’d throw the book at me.

  • Mike wowk

    He would look alot better with a .45 hole in his forehead. Anybody willing to break into a persons home and assault them needs to die…..sooner rather than later.

    Hello people Ohio legislators gave us the Castle Doctrine. Lets use it more often

  • Christine Nightwolf

    I totally understand people being pissed and I too say we have a right to defend our homes etc let me remind you, what he did is it right? Nope, but I see it this way he didnt break into some old persons house it was a dope dealers house. Who had guns but COULDNT use them because of the ILLEGAL activity going on in the house so really whats worse here? I personally hope the dope dealer gets MORE time in prison!!!

    • Mike wowk

      Doesn’t matter to me…. I would be fine with these idiots fighting to the death inside the house. But if these pieces of garbage are willing to break into this house and beat a man he’s willing to do it to someone without drugs. The sooner a homeowner blasts him with a 12 ga. Shotgun….. the better

  • DonMega

    Dude snitched thats why he got three years.The other guy will get broke off.