by Joe Murphy


Summit County -- Charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and robbery were added May 21 by a Summit County grand jury for two Maple Heights residents accused of being involved in an alleged attack on a Twinsburg family in January.

Anthony Houston, 26, and Santina Curry, 32, now face a total of 23 charges in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Arraignment for the added charges was set for May 29, according to court officials, but results were not available by press time.

Both are scheduled to begin their trials at 9 a.m. June 5 before Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office did not return phone calls by press time.

Houston in April pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault, one count of failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, three counts of intimidation of a crime victim or witness and one count of misdemeanor assault, according to court records.

Curry April 4 pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of extortion, court records state.

Neither Houston's attorney, Brian Pierce, nor Scott Rilley, Curry's attorney, returned calls seeking comment.

According to police, Houston, accompanied by Curry, allegedly entered a Dooridge Drive home in January uninvited and demanded the family of three pay him $200. The victims told police Houston had been coming to their home asking for the money since at least November, police have said.

While in the home, Houston allegedly punched a teenager in the face and pushed a 56-year-old man into his wife, knocking the woman to the ground, according to police. All three victims were transported to local hospitals, where they were treated and released for cuts and bruises, police said.

Houston and Curry were tracked down in late January at a North Randall hotel by U.S. marshals, according to police.


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