Officials identify home invasion suspect, issue warrant
A warrant has been issued for a 25-year-old man suspected of participating in a home invasion.
Ishmael Ewing may have gone to Chicago after the May 12 incident, said Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.
Investigators believe Ewing was with Tirone Deshawn Ruth early that morning when dispatchers received a call from a person who said that masked men had forced their way into the home in the 2200 block of Park Lane Southeast moments earlier. The caller was hiding under a blanket in a bedroom, Sherwin said.
According to the report, the masked suspects — now thought to be Ewing and Ruth — had entered the home where a number of people, including three children, were sleeping. The adults were rounded up and taken to a small room, where they were told to lay on the floor and were held at gunpoint, Sherwin said. The intruders were apparently looking for someone who wasn't in the home.
The children slept through the incident, the report says.
A man who was in the home devised a plan to get them out, Sherwin said, telling the suspects that he'd take them to where they could get some money.
By the time they were leaving the house, officers had begun to arrive, Sherwin said. The resident was the first one out of the house; when he saw police, he immediately laid down on the ground, the report says.
When Ruth, walking behind the man, saw the officers, he ran back inside, threw the gun he was holding, then laid down with the others and pretended to be a victim, Sherwin said.
Ewing jumped out of a window and ran. Officers gave chase, but he was able to make it to a dark SUV that quickly left the area, the report says. Other responding officers saw the SUV, but by the time they were able to get turned around, the vehicle had been abandoned.
Two handguns were recovered at the scene, Sherwin said.
Ewing and Ruth both face two counts of first-degree burglary, attempted aggravated first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun after conviction for crime of violence, all felonies.
Ruth remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 conditional bond; his next court date has been set for Thursday.
A review of Ruth's criminal history reveals a 2012 conviction for felony simple robbery. He was sentenced in June of that year to 33 months in prison, with credit for 108 days served. The sentence was a result of multiple probation violations from a 2007 incident.
Ewing was convicted of two counts of aid and abet simple robbery in 2010 and sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 18 and 23 months, with credit for 736 days served.
He was also convicted of a drive-by shooting in 2010 and received a 36-month prison sentence, with credit for 685 days served. He was allowed to serve the remainder of the term at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.