Mingo suspects still sought

MINGO JUNCTION – A coalition of law enforcement still are seeking two suspects in a brazen, daylight home invasion Thursday afternoon at a residence in the village.

Investigators still are trying to identify two men believed involved in the shooting and robbery at a residence at 22 Union Ave. about 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

At the time, three men dressed like utility workers, with vests and a tool box, knocked on the door, which was answered by a two-year-old child, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. The men then forced Mike Gray, 27, a resident, to open a safe, tied up two juveniles and Yolanda Cronin, 23, with duct tape and fled the residence, but not before pistol-whipping the children, Cronin and shooting Gray in the thigh.

Gray and the two-year-old were flown to Pittsburgh-area hospitals by medical helicopter, with the two-year-old suffering a concussion, according to reports.

The intruders then fled to Steubenville, where the vehicle and the alleged 17-year old, female driver was apprehended by police. Friday morning police arrested Drake A. Burton, 20, of Steubenville, who is believed by police to be involved in the incident, at 1328 Wellesley Ave. Those involved in the arrest Friday included Steubenville Police, the county drug task force, sheriff’s department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Although two men still were at large as of Friday evening, Abdalla said several agencies were involved in identifying and apprehending the individuals.

“We’re still looking for them,” said Abdalla, adding he believed they still were in the area, and police were making progress in identifying the men.

“We’re putting that all together as we speak,” said the sheriff.