November 23, 2014


Pair hide in closet while intruder walks around house

Dadre Hamblin

Dadre Hamblin

LORAIN — Two Lorain residents hid in a closet and called police when they heard a man break into their home late Wednesday.

Dadre Hamblin, 18, was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2300 block of Homewood Drive.

Officers saw Hamblin at the front door of the house and ordered him to the ground, according to a police report. Hamblin lay on the ground for a minute before lunging at an approaching officer. The officer kicked Hamblin in the face twice before Hamblin got up and tried to punch the officer, according to the report.

After the brief struggle, Hamblin put his hands behind his back and police took him into custody.

After taking Hamblin into custody, police talked with Valerie Vroman, who had been hiding inside the house with her daughter. Vroman told police she had been in the house earlier in the evening when she saw Hamblin knocking on the front door. When she went upstairs to ask her daughter if she knew Hamblin, she heard a crash and the sound of glass breaking coming from downstairs, according to the report.

Vroman and her daughter hid in a bedroom closet upstairs and called police, listening to the sound of a person upstairs walking around the bedrooms and bathroom.

Officers searched the house and found that a computer had been moved downstairs, along with several books, police said. A broken dish was laying on the floor of the kitchen, and a bag of cocaine was sitting in the toilet.

Hamblin was held at Lorain County Jail Thursday on a $15,000 bond.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Seeker

    You break into someone’s home and then take your cocaine out of your pocket and lay it on the toilet while you burglarize their home , that don’t sound right to me

    • Scout

      No it sure don’t…

    • Sis Delish

      The bag was “sitting IN the toilet”.

      • Seeker

        In , On , still don’t make much sense

        • Tiffany Vroman

          doesn’t make much sense to me how these people had their home broken into and your blaming them or at the very least assuming things that you have no idea what your talking about.what are you assuming that they put the drugs in their own toilet ?cause that doesn’t make sense to me. don’t talk about things you know nothing about. makes you sound ignorant.

  • tommtomm

    too bad they didn’t shoot this POS! you break into my house your leaving in a body bag!

    • Scout

      Well fortunately no one was hurt.

  • Starryeyes

    A computer & books had been moved down stairs. MAYBE he was going to study……

    • Nita Morrison


  • ekwaykway

    Now if she had a gun, shot and killed him, she would have to defend herself for killing an unarmed intruder. Right?

    • Seeker

      No , he is not black

      • ekwaykway


    • jeff81

      No. You have every right to shoot an intruder..

      • stillsleepyeyes

        inside of your dewelling

        • Phil Blank

          Car, truck, mobile home, tent.
          How else would he or she be an intruder?

    • Phil Blank

      Breaking into her home, she fears for her life.
      Justified shooting!

  • DonMega

    He will not learn his lesson.

  • Phil Blank

    Closet is the first place a bad gun looks for rifles!

  • tommtomm

    castle doctrine! allows intruders to be shot if entering a home and the resident is in fear of their safety. PEW PEW PEW! GIVE EM 3 BULLETS.

  • Rebecca Baker

    Was he breaking in for drugs?

  • fun man

    He would of got a bullet from me had it been in my home get a job scum…