Liverpool man pleads in armed assault case

LISBON – An East Liverpool man who attempted to rob the occupants of an apartment at gunpoint last June pleaded guilty Wednesday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary and felonious assault with two firearm specifications.

Robert Ross, 24, Northside Avenue, faces between three years and 22 years in prison along with up to a $35,000 fine. Sentencing is set before Judge Scott Washam on March 24.

Ross, wearing a mask and a toboggan-style hat, reportedly broke into an East Eighth Street apartment home where there were four people inside – Laura Humphrey, Daniel Carnes, James Oiler and Mark Clendenning. He proceeded to hold them at gunpoint while he demanded money and their belongings, court documents state.

At some point during the confrontation, Ross fired his gun at least three times and struck Carnes once on the left side of his body.

According to news accounts at the time of the robbery incident, Ross was also injured in the head by someone in the home yielding a baseball bat.

Both men were transported initially to East Liverpool City Hospital with Carnes being sent later to a Pittsburgh area hospital.