December 19, 2014

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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 amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.