Tot pistol-whipped, reward is offered

MINGO JUNCTION – Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in a shooting and pistol-whipping Thursday afternoon.

Abdalla reported one suspect was apprehended early this morning. No name is being released at this time.

Dressed as utility workers, the men forced their way into a home at 122 Union Ave. in Mingo Junction around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, shooting a man in the knee and pistol-whipping a 2-year-old child. The intruders also hit a woman and a 13-year-old child, according to Abdalla and Mingo Junction Police Chief Steve Maguschak.

“Let that punk come in here and try to pistol-whip me,” a frustrated Abdalla said late Thursday as law enforcement worked to find the suspects.

“We are putting everything we’ve got into this,” he added.

Abdalla said the three males got out of the getaway vehicle near Steubenville High School and ran toward the railroad tracks. He said the intruders were dressed like utility workers, wearing safety vests and hardhats.

Maguschak said the residents inside were watching TV when they answered a knock at the door. That is when the three men forced their way into the home, claiming the man inside owed them money.

Those injured were taken to Trinity Medical Center West on Steubenville for treatment, while the 2-year-old was flown via medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

A female was reported to be driving the getaway vehicle. Steubenville police say they pulled the vehicle over in the 100 block of South Fourth Street about 30 minutes later and the female driver was taken into custody.

Steubenville officers searched the North End of the city for the three suspects. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to come to the Mingo Junction home to process the scene for evidence.