FAIRMONT — The man whose residence on Timothy Lane was robbed during a July 28 home invasion has now been charged himself.
Police found Ilan Robert Rice, 19, of 1 Timothy Lane, Apt. B2, Fairmont, was possession of a large amount of THC oil and fired shots from an AK-47 that struck one of the intruders.
Rice faces four counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, assault during the commission of a felony and manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to manufacture and deliver, the criminal complaints state.
Previously, authorities said that four people entered Rice’s apartment with the intent of robbing him, having met beforehand to discuss the robbery.
Criminal complaints stated that they believed Rice had collectibles, firearms and other items of value. They entered his residence, went upstairs and assaulted Rice before taking several firearms and fleeing.
According to the criminal complaints, Rice shot at the four intruders as they fled with the stolen firearms and struck one in the hand and injured one of his fingers.
In the court papers filed on Rice, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy said Rice was in possession of a large quantity of THC oil that was individually packaged, digital scales and U.S. currency, “consistent with that of a person who sells or distributes THC oil.” The items were found in a bedroom used by Rice, according to the court papers.
Specifically, “these items included approximately 426 grams of hash oil, digital scales, $9,410 in U.S. currency, and 338 containers of THC oil with THC percentage ranging from 8.4 percent to 94.29 percent,” a criminal complaint states.
One of the men who fled admitted that Rice believed the men were going to buy THC oil, the court papers state.
The court papers state that during the encounter with the four other men inside his residence, Rice engaged in a physical confrontation and the four men fled as Rice pursued them with an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle.
While in the doorway, Rice fired the rifle multiple times into the parking lot as the four men fled were in the parking lot, “directly in the path of the rounds,” according to the court papers.
“One round Rice fired successfully struck one of the males causing a partial amputation of a finger that later required emergency surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital,” the court papers state. Court records show Rice’s bail was set at $200,012. He is in the North Central Regional Jail.
Police previously charged 20-year-old Mark Stuart Pivaral, of Frederick, Md., with conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery and assault during commission of or attempt to commit a felony. Also charged is Elijah Abraham Spencer, 20, no address listed, who faces the same charges.
The other two men who, police said, took part in the home invasion have not been arrested.