Union City teen charged with Grube murders
CELINA – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced late last week that an 18-year- year old Union City, Ohio, man has been charged in the 2011 deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube of Fort Recovery.
Trevin Sanders has been charged with the murder and homicide counts as well as charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and other charges.
“Aggravated murder specifies that Sanders purposely, with prior calculation and design, caused the death of Robert and Colleen Grube by means of a firearm,” said Grey.
“His charges have been filed in Mercer County Juvenile Court as he was 17-years old at the time of the crimes,” said Grey. “Arrangements are being made to transport him back to Mercer County to face the charges.”
Sanders has been served in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City where he is serving a sentence on an unrelated charge.
“Because he was a juvenile at the time, his case has to start in the juvenile court,” Grey said.
Sanders was charged with 27 counts in connection with the case.
The day prior to Sanders’ charges, Bryant Rhoades, 22, of Union City, Ohio, was charged with one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree. At his appearance at the Celina Municipal Court, his bond was set at $3.5 million, subject to 10 percent payment. He was initially housed in the Mercer County Detention facility.
During the course of the investigation, said Grey, 179 court documents (orders, subpoenas, search warrants) were executed, and 329 interviews were conducted and 88 were received and followed up on.
“Every effort was made to follow every tip and every lead,” said Grey.
Grey noted that investigators had visited Indiana, southern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee during the course of the investigation.
“This case was an all-out effort of law enforcement in these states,” Grey said. “Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification has been instrumental in helping us, providing lab services and investigators,” stated Grey. “This effort was an example of how law enforcement is supposed to work.”
Grey said that cooperating agencies in the investigation included Ohio BCI; Jay and Randolph County, Indiana, sheriff’s offices; Darke County, Ohio; Coffee County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Celina, Portsmouth and Greenville, Ohio; police departments in Portland, Indiana and Union City, Ohio; and United States Marshall’s Service and prisons in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
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