ELYRIA — Ricardo Pamplin, the man who made his 12-year-old nephew stand outside with a sign in March as a punishment for stealing, is in trouble with the law again. This time, police said Pamplin struck a 16-year-old relative in the face with a pistol after the teenager allegedly robbed Pamplin’s boss.
At 9:20 p.m. Monday, police arrested the 16-year-old boy at EMH Regional Medical Center. Police said the boy burglarized the home of David Jones, Pamplin’s boss at Kush Smoke Shop in downtown Elyria.
Jones turned surveillance video over to police that was captured on the web cam of his home computer. The video showed the 16-year-old and an unknown friend of the boy’s breaking into Jones’s home through a kitchen door.
According to a police report, the boys fled the home after hearing someone in the home. Jones said approximately $170 in cash, coins and $2 bills were taken.
Police went to the boy’s house to arrest him when they learned he had been assaulted and was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center.
Officers spoke with the boy, who told police he was with two friends when they decided to break in to the home. He said they ran when confronted by an unknown man in the home.
The boy said when he and a friend reached the area of Lake Avenue and Gateway Avenue, they were approached by Pamplin, who is a relative, and Jones. The boy said Pamplin got out of the vehicle and hit him several times in the face with a pistol.
Police said the boy had a swollen upper lip as a result of the alleged pistol whipping.
Pamplin told police that Jones had informed him his relative was involved in the burglary and the two went to look for him, but he denied hitting the boy in the face with a pistol. Jones told police he did not see what happened between Pamplin and the boy.
Pamplin was arrested and charged with domestic violence and taken to the Lorain County Jail, where he was held without bond. Pamplin entered a plea of not guilty in Elyria Municipal Court Tuesday and is scheduled for a pre-trial at 1:35 p.m. on Dec. 27.
Pamplin has a criminal history, including drug trafficking and possession of drugs convictions.
In November of 2011, Pamplin was charged with possession of drugs during a raid of the Kush Smoke Shop by the Lorain County Drug Task Force. Officers discovered 44 grams of "bath salts," which some use as a recreational drug.
Pamplin was a clerk at the store.