Man indicted in July 2015 explosion


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A Delaware County grand jury indicted a Delaware man Friday in connection with an explosive that was detonated under a police car in July 2015.

Robert Vincent Jones II, 18, of 719 Fern Drive, was indicted on two felony counts of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance/illegally manufacturing or processing explosives; and one charge of vandalism, also a fifth-degree felony.

Delaware police report the charges stem from a July 1 incident when damage from a small explosion was discovered on the underside of a police car sitting in the police department parking lot. The explosion apparently occurred overnight and was not heard by any witnesses.

Police said they created a suspect list and witness statements led them to Jones.

No one was injured in the explosion but the car was taken out of service for repairs.

An arraignment for Jones has not been scheduled. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Other individuals indicted by the grand jury Friday include:

• Donald A. Freewald, of Columbus, having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony.

• Kiranmai Mandali, of Westerville, theft, a fifth-degree felony. An arraignment has been set for July 15 at 9:30 p.m.

• Nathaniel I. Matthews, of Columbus, robbery, a second-degree felony.

• Jason M. Norris, of Dresden, Ohio, on one charge of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and one charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

• Michael C. McGee, of Westerville, on one charge of telecommunications fraud, a fourth-degree felony; and one charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

• Donnie A. Griffin, of Columbus, on one charge of forgery and one charge of possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Joseph A. Whiteside, of Columbus, on one charge of forgery and one charge of possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Kevin K. Wilson, of Detroit, Michigan, on one charge of misuse of credit cards and six counts of forgery, all fifth-degree felonies. An arraignment has been set for July 15 at 9:45 a.m.

• Trennell S. Whitworth II, of Chandler, Arizona, on one charge of misuse of credit cards and five counts of forgery, fifth-degree felonies.

• Demetrius Blackwell of Detroit, Michigan, on one charge of misuse of credit cards and six counts of forgery, fifth-degree felonies.

• Dwight L. Green, of Columbus, on two counts of trafficking in drugs, which are third-degree felonies; two counts of possession of drugs, third-degree felonies; hidden compartments in vehicles, a fourth-degree felony; and one charge of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. An arraignment has been set for July 29 at 8:45 a.m.

• Krystle M. Wilson, of Columbus, on one charge of identity fraud, a third-degree felony; and nine counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies.

• Michael E. Morales, of Hilliard, on a charge of theft and a charge of misuse of credit cards, fifth-degree felonies. An arraignment has been set for July 29 at 8:30 a.m.

• James E. Cromlish, of Marion, on one charge of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

• Gary M. Sayre, of Columbus, on two counts of theft and one charge of forgery, fifth-degree felonies. An arraignment has been set for July 29 at 9 a.m.

• Hollie J. Hardman, of Delaware, on one charge of burglary, a second-degree felony; and one charge of receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor.

• Justin L. Compton, of Waldo, on one charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

• Ashley N. Colley, at large, on one charge of theft and one charge of misuse of credit cards, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Jose F.B. Velazquez, at large, on two counts of theft; two counts of identity fraud, which are fifth-degree felonies; and one charge of forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

• Michael P. McNulty, of Columbus, passing bad checks, a fourth-degree felony. An arraignment has been set for July 29 at 9:15 a.m.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.